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Civil service union to launch campaign to defend jobs and services

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2211

The PCS civil service workers’ union is to launch a campaign in defence of jobs, pay and public services.

A national executive (NEC) meeting last week took the decision to call for protests, campaigns and to back industrial action in response to the Tories’ attacks.

PCS members are at the frontline of the cuts battle, with the government aiming to slash billions.

It wants to cap payouts on compulsory redundancies to a maximum of 12 months pay and limit payments for voluntary redundancy to 15 months salary.

It also wants to change the 1972 Superannuation Act to remove the basis on which the PCS was able to win a judicial review on the compensation scheme earlier this year.

The PCS has pledged to work with other unions and campaign groups to resist the attacks on public services.

As part of this strategy the national executive supported the protest at the Tory Party conference on 3 October, organised by the Right to Work campaign.

It is also calling on the TUC to organise a day of action on 20 October, the day of the Tories’ spending review, and that it organises a national demonstration in London against the cuts on Saturday 23 October.

The Scottish TUC has already called a protest in Glasgow that day.

A statement from the NEC said it is likely there will need to be industrial action and there is potential for action with other unions.

“There is also a clear message that some groups facing severe attacks cannot wait until then,” said Andy Reid of the NEC.

“They will have to take action and the union will attempt to co-ordinate their strikes with other unions.”

The union will need to use all of its power to win these battles—and will need to organise national action as soon as possible to meet the attacks head on.

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Tue 20 Jul 2010, 18:40 BST
Issue No. 2211
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