Socialist Worker

Civil servants

Issue No. 1886

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

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Sat 31 Jan 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1886
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