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Defending public services

Issue No. 2199

Around 100 civil service workers lobbied the High Court in London last week before the PCS union’s judicial review against attacks on their redundancy payments.

There were battle buses in Cardiff and Newcastle, and campaigning in Hull, Wallasey, Blackburn and Oldham, targeting ministers’ constituencies and raising voter awareness.

“The protest in London made an impression,” said Marianne Owens, vice-chair of PCS Wales and a call centre worker. “But I’m not putting my hopes in the judicial review—we’re clearly in for sweeping job cuts after the election.

“The cuts to the compensation scheme are a cynical move to push job cuts through on the cheap.

“Whichever party’s in charge after the election, they will be getting a message from the PCS early on.

“I work in Revenue & Customs where management are looking at getting rid of thousands of jobs, even though the department is already not fit for purpose.

“This will mean a big decline in the service. It will take a big battle to stop this. At PCS conference later this month we will discuss the next steps in the campaign.”

PCS members struck nationally for three days in March over the plans.

Unless the government gives in the strikes need to start again and be escalated.

The result of the review is due in the next few days.

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Tue 27 Apr 2010, 18:51 BST
Issue No. 2199
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