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Friday 30 March is next step in civil service workers' campaign

Issue No. 2041

Tens of thousands of civil service workers are preparing for the next round of strikes.

They are PCS union members in the Identity and Passport Service, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and other departments who are voting on whether to strike on Friday 30 March over pay.

This is the latest stage in the PCS’s campaign against 104,000 job losses, privatisation and unfair pay.

Tuesday 1 May is set to be a national strike by a quarter of a million PCS members in the dispute, following the solid strike on 31 January.

Some 6,000 Prospect union members in the MoD struck on Wednesday of last week over pay. The PCS is looking to liaise with Prospect over future action.

Joel Hirsch is the PCS branch secretary of the London and south east Identity and Passport Service branch. Joel told Socialist Worker, “People want action.

“At our recent annual general meeting members spoke about how they wanted a five-day strike in the summer to hit the management hard.

“We have had a pay deal imposed on us, which has made people angry. We need decisive action and to keep up the momentum.

“We are making links with the MoD workers and are planning a joint rally with them on 30 March.

“Union members in other departments will be taking action short of a strike in support of the campaign on that day.

“We need to build up a groundswell of pressure and make it clear to members that we are in a political battle against a government that is making neoliberal attacks.”

The PCS is also organising a political campaign called Make Your Vote Count for May’s elections.

Each branch will ask all the candidates in their area what their position is on issues affecting PCS members.

Tens of thousands of PCS members in Revenue and Customs began a work to rule last week.

Anna Owens, the PCS branch organiser of Euston Tower network branch in central London, told Socialist Worker, “The overtime ban, and supporting those who take action on 30 March, is a way of keeping up the momentum of our dispute.”

Activists in other departments are pushing to be involved in the 30 March strike as a way of stepping up the pressure against the government and management over job cuts and low pay.

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Sat 10 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2041
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