Civil service workers across Greater Manchester joined the national PCS union strike.
Some of the largest civil service picket lines to be seen on the day were outside the courts in the city centre.
Dave Vincent, branch secretary of the PCS’s Greater Manchester courts branch, told Socialist Worker that the strike was strong across all the offices. “I’ve worked at the courts since 1974 – and this is the strongest strike I’ve seen.
“I’ve never seen so many ordinary members arguing with their colleagues to come out on strike. About 30 people joined the union in the run up to the dispute. It just shows that people want to join if the union is doing something.”
Es Chorlton from the Salford revenue branch joined a picket of Trinity Bridge House in the city centre. “It’s wider than just the civil service,” he said. “There are attacks on pay and jobs across the public sector, as well as privatisation. It’s brilliant to see other people making these connections.”
PCS rep Pat McKenna said, “This should send a warning to all workers. If the government are prepared to stuff their own employees, they will happily let other employers do the same.”