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Civil servants build action for 1 May

Issue No. 2042

Thousands of members of the PCS civil service workers’ union in the Ministry of Defence and the Identity and Passport Service are currently taking part in a consultative ballot to strike on Friday 30 March over pay.

Workers in the Crown Prosecution Service, the department of health, the Land Registry and the Learning and Skills Council are also balloting to take a month-long action short of a strike.

This is part of the union’s campaign against 104,000 job cuts, unfair pay and privatisation. A quarter of a million PCS members struck on 31 January over this.

The union is also consulting over making Tuesday 1 May the day for the next national strike. Activists in other unions should plan to take action in support that day.

The PCS is also stepping up its political campaign with its Make Your Vote Count initiative for the May elections. Each PCS branch will ask all the candidates in their area what their position is on issues affecting PCS members.

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Sat 17 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2042
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