Over 100,000 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union were set to join other public sector workers on strike on Thursday of this week.
These include workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the Maritime and Coastguards Agency, the Home Office and all the agencies in the Department for Transport.Workers in the Land Registry will also strike for two hours.
Many of these departments have already struck—but it is a major step forward that they are all coming out together, and alongside workers in other unions.
Activists in the union are arguing that more united action will be needed to win.
“We have to step up the pressure on the government,” Dave Owens, a member of the PCS’s group executive in the DWP, told Socialist Worker.
“The PCS is arguing for a national pay claim for the whole union. We should be moving towards a national civil service strike over this issue, as it affects everyone.
“We should also look towards taking action with other groups of workers, such as local government workers who are moving towards a dispute over pay.
“The TUC has called a lobby of parliament over public sector pay for 9 June.
“On 1 July management plans to impose the second year of the DWP pay deal, which will see many workers getting zero percent. The PCS needs to make sure that day does not go by unmarked.”