The PCS union’s annual conference this week will see an important debate on the next steps in the pensions fight.
PCS group conferences were taking place in Brighton as Socialist Worker went to press.
The main conference was set to open on Wednesday.
The HM Revenue and Customs group conference voted to ballot for strikes in this 60,000-strong section of the union.
These strikes will be against privatisation, job cuts, and draconian sick leave policy.
Pay was also a major source of delegates’ fury. They raged against the government’s public sector pay freeze, attacks on pay increments and the docking of pay through increased pensions contributions.
There was strong opposition to the Tories’ plans to impose regional pay.
The conference floor urged that these issues, alongside the ongoing fight to defend pensions, should be taken forward as part of the continuing national strike campaign.
For online reports from PCS general conference come back to www.socialistworker.co.uk
Next week’s issue of Socialist Worker will carry a full report from the conference