PCS ballot for strike over redundancies
Over 70,000 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union in Revenue and Customs are balloting for a one day strike on 31 January over management’s failure to give a guarantee over redundancies.
The job cuts and office closures programme is continuing to cause untold distress and havoc to the lives of workers in the department.
If the ballot is successful, action short of a strike will be planned from the beginning of February. This will start with a department-wide overtime ban, which could be extended to include working to rule and grade.
Good will and cooperation will also be withdrawn.
The union is also seeking guarantees on no outsourcing or privatisation of work currently undertaken by Revenue and Customs staff.
The union is demanding the reversal of plans to privatise the work of security guards.
Although the strike ballot is not specifically related to pay, it is clear that the success of any action will bolster members’ confidence in their fight against the government’s pay policy.
PCS National Executive
The PCS national executive is set to meet from Tuesday to Thursday of next week. It will review progress in talks over the long-running dispute over job cuts, low pay and privatisation.
Activists are saying that unless there is significant progress a national PCS strike should be called, if possible in co-ordination with the teachers.
There is a motion being circulated around branches calling for the PCS to take this action. For copies phone 07900 558 014.
Department for Work and Pensions
The PCS group executive in the Department for Work and Pensions was set to meet this week to discuss the next step in the campaign against the imposition of a below-inflation pay offer.
Over 80,000 PCS members struck solidly for two days over this in December.