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DWP to ballot for strike over pay

by Steve West and Dave Owens, PCS DWP group executive (pc)
Issue No. 2076

Tens of thousands of PCS members in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are to ballot for strike action over their pay offer.

A meeting of the union’s group executive in the DWP last week voted to start the action with a two day strike in December if the ballot is successful.

Workers in the DWP overwhelmingly rejected the pay deal, which management is now imposing in our November salaries.

This three year deal means that those workers on the maximum on their grade will get zero percent next year.

PCS members are angry about this and want to take action. After all the ballots PCS members have faced over the last few months, activists will need to work very hard to get people to vote for a strike.

We cannot allow management to get away with this without a response. Workers are also facing other attacks. There are five people facing redundancy in Cumbria. The group executive also agreed that there could be a week’s strike on half day’s pay there.

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Tue 6 Nov 2007, 18:49 GMT
Issue No. 2076
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