Socialist Worker

Civil service workers mobilising against pay cuts and for action

by Peter Agland
Issue No. 2066

Around 200 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union packed into a meeting at the Carer’s Allowance unit in Preston last week to discuss the government’s pay offer to workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

This is a three year deal that would commit some workers to a pathetic 2 percent increase this year, no pay rise next year and even less than 2 percent in 2009.

The meeting angrily rejected this, as witnessed by a virtually unanimous show of hands in favour of the PCS DWP group executive’s position not to accept the deal. With this insulting offer, alongside privatisation and job cuts, civil service workers clearly have a fight on their hands. PCS members in the DWP are balloting on the offer and they must reject this offer.

PCS continues members' consultation

The PCS is continuing its consultation of all of its members to discuss the next step in the campaign against job cuts, privatisation and low pay.

The union has had two solid strikes this year, and is holding meetings in offices up and down the country.

All reports suggest that members are demanding more action, and are keen on coordinating action with other unions.

Revenue and customs

Long-running industrial action by members of the PCS civil service workers’ union over the deskilling of work in Revenue and Customs has forced the department’s management to agree to hold meaningful talks.

The PCS union has agreed to suspend the action being taken by members in processing offices in the dispute over new working systems, known as Lean, as a result of management’s move. The action will be suspended up to 19 September.

The PCS group executive in Revenue and Customs will meet on 19 September to consider the outcome of the negotiations. Members will then either be asked to vote on a proposed agreement or industrial action will be immediately reinstated, accompanied by a further ballot on widening or extending action.

Workers have taken part in solid strike action and working to rule, which has forced management to the table.

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