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90,000 workers walk out on two-day strike

SUE BOND, PCS vice-president and MARTIN JOHN, PCS national executive, write in a personal capacity on their dispute

Issue No. 1912

SOME 90,000 low paid workers were due to walk out on strike on Thursday and Friday of this week.

These civil servant workers are employed in the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

They are striking as part of their long-running dispute with the government over pay.

Civil service workers are not “faceless bureaucrats”. They are low paid public servants.

Some 15,000 earn less than £10,000 a year.

Some 25,000 earn less than £15,000 a year, and over 20,000 of these workers have to claim state benefits.

These are the people who deliver pensions and advise people on their benefit entitlements.

They deliver tax credits and services to pre-school children.

And they help and advise people over the phone in countless other ways.

Whether frontline or backline, the civil service workers deliver essential public services.

This is the third in a series of strikes over pay in the civil service.

The union’s successes in challenging the government’s pay scheme have worried them.

Hundreds of thousands of civil service workers are angry over pay and other attacks.

They want to take action to save jobs, pensions and sick pay rights, and defend public services.

With the help of other workers, we can win.

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Sat 31 Jul 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1912
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