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Week of action in civil service

Issue No. 2110

The PCS civil service workers’ union is holding a week of action over public sector pay this week, involving thousands of its members. This will see action in coordination with Unison and Unite members striking on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

The PCS has been at the forefront of the campaign for united action across the unions against pay curbs. Over 100,000 members struck alongside teachers and lecturers on 24 April.

This week will see a strike by 1,800 PCS members in the Driving Standards Agency on Wednesday, affecting driving tests, and action short of a strike by workers at the Valuation Office Agency on Wednesday and Thursday.

It will also see a strike by workers at the Home Office on Friday of this week, alongside a two-hour strike by PCS members at the Land Registry.

Workers at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency will launch a 48-hour strike beginning at 7pm on Friday of this week. The week will conclude with a three-day strike by PCS members at the Identity and Passport Service if their ballot is successful.

Mark Serwotka, the PCS general secretary, said, “We will continue to press for serious negotiations with ministers but we are prepared and determined to fight alongside our public sector colleagues if that is what is required.”

Unfortunately, workers in the Department for Work and Pensions, the biggest government department, will not be joining the action after a decision by the PCS group executive.

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Wed 16 Jul 2008, 18:58 BST
Issue No. 2110
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