SOME 290,000 civil service workers in the PCS union were receiving their ballot papers at the beginning of this week. They are balloting for a strike on Friday 5 November over New Labour’s plans to cut 104,000 jobs.
PCS members have been holding successful and angry meetings across Britain in the run-up to the ballot.
Up to 50 people met from a number of departments in Manchester last week. Some 70 met in central London on Monday.
I have spoken to a number of branch secretaries in those sections of the union, outside the civil service, that are being balloted over the attacks.
Although they are not directly affected by the job cuts, people in these sections are angry about a range of other attacks. The union is recruiting in these areas.
Meetings are taking place in most areas over the next week.
We need solidarity. A Fire Brigades Union representative spoke at our meeting in Manchester about how the government was attacking all public services. He went down a storm.
The bigger the yes vote is, the more confidence to win this fight people will have.