Thousands of PCS members are set to strike on Friday of next week as the next stage of their union’s campaign.
Workers in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) are currently taking part in a consultative ballot to strike on 30 March over pay offers being imposed on them.
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.
These ballots were set to end on Thursday of this week.
Paul McGoay, the PCS IPS group president, told Socialist Worker, “The campaign over pay and job cuts are intertwined for us.
“A number of departments have had pay deals imposed upon them. The local and national campaigns are integrated. This is a very important campaign. Delegated pay bargaining hasn’t worked in this or other departments.
“IPS employers have been doing the Treasury’s bidding.
“This has made our members extremely angry. I am anticipating a good result in the ballot – we should know the outcome of the vote on Thursday of this week.
“We are planning a joint lunchtime rally with MoD strikers and the departments that are taking action short of a strike on 30 March in central London.
“Other PCS members and trade unionists are welcome to come along to our London rally, which will take place at the Emmanuel Centre on Marsham Street.
“We are demonstrating that we can fight the imposition of the pay deal. The Treasury has a strategy to divide and demoralise PCS members. But we will not be divided and will fight together.”
Sue Bond, the PCS deputy president, told Socialist Worker, “Friday 30 March is an opportunity to fight alongside other public sector workers who are facing the same pay restraint.
“Gordon Brown was expected to confirm in his budget this week that there would be no public sector pay rises of more than 2 percent.
“There is outrage in the unions at this, considering that retail inflation is running at about 4.6 percent.
“The union is organising lunchtime rallies on Friday of next week. Other unions should be invited to them to make the links between the struggles.”
The national union has also supported the call for five days of strike action by PCS members in Department for Work and Pensions offices facing job cuts in west London.