The threat of strike action by the PCS civil service workers’ union in Milton Keynes has won a victory against job cuts.
“Management at Milton Keynes job centre had told ten casual workers that their contracts would be extended,” says Kate Douglas, the joint branch secretary of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire PCS Department for Work and Pensions.
“But they were then told they would be sacked the next week. The union called a car park meeting for staff and voted in favour of a week-long strike over the way the casuals were being treated.
“We put a strike submission in to the union. Management met us and offered a four week extension to the casuals’ contracts. At another meeting members voted unanimously to reject that.
“Management then offered to make their contracts fixed term until March next year, with a view to them becoming permanent members of staff.
“It just shows that the union can win victories if it sticks together and fights.”