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Civil service workers set to strike on 8 and 9 March

Issue No. 2190

The battle is on to stop an assault on civil service workers.

The PCS union is calling on over a quarter of a million workers to strike on Monday 8 March and Tuesday 9 March.

This follows a ballot which saw over 63 percent vote yes for strikes and 81 percent support an overtime ban.

The strikes, which will involve Jobcentre staff, tax workers, coastguards, courts staff and driving test examiners, are a result of the government and Cabinet Office making unilateral changes to the civil service compensation scheme.

The changes being proposed to the compensation scheme will see staff robbed of up to a third of their entitlements and lose tens of thousands of pounds if they are forced out of a job.

The government is looking to save £500 million through the changes. This is the same government that is failing to address the yawning “tax gap” of £120 billion—money that could be collected if the rich and the corporations paid the right amount of tax.

But that means employing more civil service workers, not fewer.

The battle of civil service workers is part of a much wider one in which the government, backed by the Tories, want workers to pay the price for bailing out the bosses and the bankers.

If the government gets its way it will be much easier to ram though mass job cuts and privatisation in every area.

That means it is vital that the upcoming strike involves as wide a layer of civil service workers as possible, with lively picket lines and demonstrations, but it is also vital that every trade unionist supports them in their battle.

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Thu 25 Feb 2010, 17:55 GMT
Issue No. 2190
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