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PCS fight goes to court

Issue No. 2198

The PCS civil service workers’ union was continuing its campaign to defend the redundancy compensation payments scheme at a judicial review this week.

The government is making major changes to the scheme in preparation for huge job cuts after the election.

Hundreds of thousands of PCS members struck for three days against the plans last month.

The PCS’s legal challenge was to be heard in court on Thursday and Friday this week.

The union planned a protest in London on the first day of the hearing and protests during the day in the rest of Britain.

The result is due around seven days after the hearing. If it is successful, the new arrangements would be ruled illegal and invalid.

However, nobody can rely on such an outcome and it is crucial that the union starts building for more strikes, co‑ordinated with other workers if possible.

The union leadership has decided that it will not call any more strikes until after the election as there is no government to negotiate with.

The PCS national conference next month will debate what action is needed to take the dispute forward.

A national overtime ban remains in force until 14 May to put pressure on the incoming government.

Protest at the High Court, the Strand, central London Thursday 22 April, 9am

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Tue 20 Apr 2010, 18:02 BST
Issue No. 2198
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