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More action needed in civil service

Issue No. 2101

The PCS civil service workers’ union conference next week will see a major discussion of the fight against the government’s pay limits.

Over 100,000 PCS members in different departments took part in the joint strikes on 24 April.

Delegates will discuss a proposal to have a national ballot of the union’s over 250,000 members with a view to striking together against the attacks on pay.

Activists will be pushing for this and believe that the union must use every possible opportunity to step up the pressure on the government.

Around 1,000 members of the PCS and Unison unions at the Ofsted education inspectorate are set to strike on Friday of this week against the imposition of the below‑inflation pay offer.

The strike will hit the inspections of children’s care homes, boarding schools and nurseries in England

The three-year deal will move workers to a new pay structure, which would lead to some having their pay frozen. Even those who are guaranteed increases will only get 2 percent in the first year and 1 percent in each of the next two years.

Neil March of the PCS said, “If Ofsted wants to avoid this industrial action it has to demonstrate a commitment to an improved offer with decent cost of living increases to all staff.”

Ofsted school inspectors are not involved in the dispute.

The Democracy Alliance has convincingly won a majority on the PCS civil service workers’ union national executive in the elections that closed last week.

The organisation is made up of the Left Unity and PCS Democrats groups. Its candidate Janice Godrich was re-elected as the union’s president and its candidates won all four of the union’s vice-president positions.

Socialist Worker supporters Sue Bond (who came third in the vice-president elections), Andy Reid and Paul Williams (who came fifth and 26th respectively in the national executive elections) were all re-elected.

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Tue 13 May 2008, 19:09 BST
Issue No. 2101
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