Around 1,900 Crown Prosecution Service workers in the PCS civil servants' union started their industrial action campaign over pay on Monday of this week. The action will severely disrupt the work of courts across England and Wales. Bosses claim that the workers are getting a 4.5 percent increase, but for most workers it will work out as 3.3 percent. Top lawyers will get an extra £10,000 a year, while administration staff will receive just £350 more.
'This offer is a poor one and was rejected by over 82 percent of members in a ballot,' said PCS branch officer Peter Olech. 'Management's provocative decision to impose the offer without further negotiation has caused a great deal of anger.' A work to rule began this week, to be followed by a two-day strike on 17 and 18 January.
This dispute is another example of the bitterness felt by thousands of civil servants at low pay and terrible conditions. This feeling led to the election of socialist Mark Serwotka as PCS general secretary at the end of last year.