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Millions could join public sector battle

Issue No. 2061

The momentum continues to build across the unions for action against Gordon Brown’s public sector pay cuts.

Brown is trying to impose “increases” of between 1.9 and 2.5 percent on some four million workers – postal workers, health workers, local government workers, civil service workers and teachers.

In local government “industrial action now looks inevitable”, according to a joint statement from the Unison, Unite, and GMB unions, who between them represent more than one million council workers.

The result of a consultative ballot of Unison local government members is due later this week.

In the health service, talks aimed at resolving the dispute over NHS pay have broken down, increasing the prospect of industrial action.

Unison’s health executive will meet later this week to decide whether or not to hold an industrial action ballot.

Members of the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives are already preparing to ballot for action in the autumn.

Workers across the public sector need to build solidarity for the post workers and organise joint meetings and rallies over pay to keep the pressure up during the summer period.

For more on the public sector pay revolt go to » Public sector pay round-up

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Tue 24 Jul 2007, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2061
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