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Civil service workers vote to join 30 June strikes

Issue No. 2256

Some 290,000 civil service workers have voted join the 30 June mass strikes against Tory attacks on pensions, jobs and pay.

Some 61.1 percent of PCS union members voted to strike on a 32.4 percent turnout. 83.6 percent voted to take other forms of industrial action.

This is a massive blow to the coalition government, who will now face over half a million striking on 30 June against the government’s assault on the public sector.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said, “This result shows that public servants, who provide vital services for the cradle to the grave, will not stand back while everything they have ever worked for is taken from them.

“Unless ministers abandon their ideological plans to hollow out the public sector, they will face industrial action on a mass scale on 30 June and beyond.”

Other impressive ballot results were released yesterday. The NUT teachers’ union backed the call for strike action by 92 percent, while fellow teachers’ union ATL voted by 83 percent for action.

They will also be joined by members of the UCU lecturers’ union. Council workers in Doncaster, Birmingham and Southampton could also join the strike.

People should now work towards making the strike day as successful as possible. We need to build massive solidarity with the strikes—in our communities and also in other workplaces.

It is united action like this that can stop the government’s attacks in their tracks.

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