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Civil servants

Issue No. 1875

CIVIL SERVANTS are gearing up for their battle with the government over pay. Members of the PCS civil servants' union are set to ballot for strike action in a number of government departments. The union has organised a series of rallies to build support for their campaign. All meetings are at 12 noon unless otherwise specified:

3 November

London and the south east: Westminster Central Hall, London lSouth west: Lower Guildhall, Plymouth

4 November

Croydon: Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls

Portsmouth: Central Library

Bournemouth: Miramar Hotel

Eastern: John Clare Theatre, Peterborough

Bootle: Town Hall

5 November

Preston: 55th Division Club, Church Street

Luton: Thistle Hotel lNorwich: King's Centre

Northern: Eldon Leisure Centre, Newcastle

Sunderland: Crowtree Leisure Centre

Middlesbrough: St Mary's Centre

Wales: County Hall, Cardiff

Telford: St George's Sport Centre

Liverpool: Havana

Glasgow: 5.30pm, Moir Hall, Mitchell Theatre

6 November

Wrexham: Guildhall

Stevenage: Leisure Centre

Yorkshire: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Sheffield: Sheffield City Hall

Midlands: Birmingham and Midlands Institute, Birmingham

North west: 7pm, Town Hall, Blackpool

Dundee: Marryat Hall lInverness: Town Hall

Manchester: Cross Street Chapel lEdinburgh: 5.30pm, Assembly Rooms

7 November

Bristol: Holiday Inn

Swansea: Council Chamber

Nottingham: Albert Hall

Aberdeen: Music Hall


CIVIL SERVANTS at the Department for Work and Pensions were set to ballot over their latest pay offer. The ballot was set to start on 31 October. We need to throw all our efforts into getting as big a vote as possible for rejection. There are three key arguments. Management have reneged on their agreement over progression of admin grades.

Secondly, for some workers the offer is lower than inflation. Finally, the proposal for performance pay linked to attendance is discriminatory.
PHIL PARDOE


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Sat 1 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1875
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