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More national action will be needed after this week

Issue No. 2036

Many activists in the PCS union are pushing for more national strike action as the next stage in the campaign against the job cuts.

'People understand that we are going to need to escalate to win this fight,' said Dave Owens, a member of the PCS DWP group executive.

'I work in Liverpool and I raised the issue of the need for a two-day national strike as the next step in our fight at an office meeting.

'People realise that this is going to be a big battle. No one thinks we'll force the government to back down with a one-day strike.

'The union is talking of a national overtime ban for two weeks and bringing different groups out on strike together as the next stage.

'This is good, but it will take more and the union has to have a national strategy to win. Action needs to involve the whole union to put the maximum pressure on the government. Activists should feel that we can win. The government is nasty, but weak.'

'People in my office were glad when I went round telling everybody that we'd voted to strike,' said Simon Brett, a PCS activist in revenue and customs in Leeds. 'People are really pissed off with how they're being treated by the employer.

'There is real uncertainty about the job and worry about the target-driven work.

'But the key question is building up enough momentum to win. People don't just want different departments on strike at different times.

'They want to be part of national action. People want to win, and we will need more national strike action to do that.'

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