The PCS civil service workers’ union is gearing up for national strike action over a huge attack on redundancy terms that it sees as preparation for job cuts.
More than 270,000 union members could soon be on strike as the union prepares to launch a national ballot over the plans.
As the three main parties all pledge massive cuts to “tackle the deficit”, civil service workers are in the firing line. Tens of thousands could be sacked.
Millions of working class people rely on the vital public services these workers provide.
These services would be devastated by the cuts.
Andy Reid, PCS national executive member, told Socialist Worker, “It looks as though civil service management and the government are going to press ahead with their plans to destroy the redundancy protection and compensation terms for a quarter of a million civil and public service workers.
“This is a prelude to launching even more privatisation and job cuts.”
The PCS executive committee will meet next week to finalise arrangements for the ballot, unless the government withdraws the plans in last-minute talks.
The plans involve a change to the terms of what is known as the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.
It would massively reduce the payouts workers get when they lose their jobs, making it cheaper to sack large numbers of people.
“Members’ meetings in the autumn and the run-up to Christmas showed widespread anger at the government’s plans – and willingness to take serious action to stop them,” says Andy.
“This needs to be built on with substantial and hard hitting industrial action.”
A strike by civil servants would be a strike for every worker in the public sector – and the whole working class.