Senior representatives from across the PCS civil service workers’ union were set to meet on Tuesday of this week to discuss the next step in their fight against job cuts, unfair pay and privatisation.
This follows the solid strike by a quarter of a million PCS members on 31 January.
More people struck then than took action during the previous PCS national strike in November 2004. The union must ensure that the momentum from this strike continues.
PCS activists should be arguing at every opportunity in branch, region and group meetings to escalate the action with a two-day national strike.
The enthusiasm displayed by members during the strike showed that the national, united nature of the action played a huge part in its success.
Members should also be making links with other public sector unions, using initiatives such as Organising for Fighting Unions and Public Services not Private Profit, in their area to build unity against the attacks we face.
Activists should use the TUC’s “work your proper hours” day on Friday 23 February as a focus for action to keep up the pressure.
The PCS’s fight is part of a much wider battle against neoliberalism.
A delegation of young PCS members travelled to France on Thursday last week to take solidarity to French civil service workers, and others, striking over job cuts and pay. See PCS supports French public sector strikes.