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Victory for McDonald

Issue No. 1923

A CAMPAIGN in defence of leading PCS civil service workers’ union activist Charlie McDonald has forced bosses to back off.

Workers in Stratford social security office, east London, voted by five to one to go on all-out strike in his support.

That forced management to withdraw the three most serious charges against Charlie for his alleged activities during the recent pay strikes.

He still faces two lesser charges, but this is already a victory for the union in London. Oliur Rahman, chair of the PCS branch covering the office, told Socialist Worker, “This is fantastic news for the branch and the union.

“The ballot result shows the commitment of members towards their union representatives. It sends an enormous message to the government that it cannot victimise union reps and expect the union to sit back.”

SOME 290,000 workers in the PCS union are continuing their ballot to strike against New Labour’s plans to slash 104,000 jobs in the civil service, with rallies taking place across Britain.

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Wed 13 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1923
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