MEMBERS OF the socialist Left Unity group in the PCS civil servants' union are voting on who will be their candidate for the forthcoming election for the union's assistant general secretary.
Socialist Worker supporters are calling for a vote for Sue Bond, the union's national vice-president.
Left Unity meetings took place this week where members could vote. If members did not make those meetings they can send signed letters along with their voting papers by 7 February to Kevin Kelly, 91 Princess Road, Seaham, County Durham SR7 7TE.
CIVIL SERVANTS at the Food Standards Agency have rejected their pay offer. Some 65 percent voted against the offer on a 65 percent turnout. There are 178 PCS members in the department. The union is now preparing an indicative ballot.
CIVIL SERVANTS in Northern Ireland struck on Friday of last week as part of their campaign for decent pay. Staff at tribunal hearings walked out, causing the cancellation of all hearings. Thousands of workers, Catholic and Protestant, struck in December.
Votes for action IN THE PAY BALLOTS:
Department of Work and Pensions - Yes 21,926 - No 14,097
Home Office - Yes 1,590 - No 1,124
Department for Constitutional Affairs - Yes 1,926 - No 1,151
Prison Service Yes 997 - No 576
Treasury Solicitors Yes 32 - No 27