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Thousands of civil service workers walk out in strikes and protests

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2332

Civil service workers protesting in Swansea (Pic: PCS)

Civil service workers protesting in Swansea (Pic: PCS)

Over 8,000 workers in the Department for Transport struck across Britain on Friday of last week against job losses and office closures.

Workers at the DVLA in Swansea held a lively picket. Dave Warren, a PCS picket said, “We are low paid workers. We’ve had a pay freeze for two years.

“This year, there’s a 1 percent increase available, which is a joke in itself, but apparently the government wants to tie that to the loss of our terms and conditions. We find that totally unacceptable.”

On the same day PCS members walked out for 15 minutes at workplaces across the civil service against attacks on their terms and conditions. Hundreds of workers rallied at the Cabinet Office in central London.

DWP ballot against redundancies

The PCS union is set to ballot all members in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Child Maintenance Group for strikes and an overtime ban.

The action would be to oppose compulsory redundancies and demand more staff. The ballot runs from Wednesday of next week to 10 January.

The union’s group executive is recommending a yes vote. This is the first time ever that compulsory redundancy notices have been issued in the DWP. Activists urgently need to plan how to get a big turnout and yes vote.

Sacked worker wins appeal

A planned strike against the sacking of a worker at Palmers Green jobcentre, north London, will no longer take place as he has won his appeal.

Shaun Stewart was dismissed on attendance grounds. He took time off sick as he recovered from being stabbed in January 2010—causing the loss of sight in his right eye, a punctured lung and post traumatic stress disorder.

Pensions staff balloted

PCS members in Seaham, Swansea and Cwmbran pensions centres will be balloted for strikes over arbitrary restrictions on annual leave during the festive period. These include a 75 percent staffing requirement on what are traditionally the quietest days of the year.

Steve West, PCS DWP group executive (pc)

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Tue 4 Dec 2012, 18:15 GMT
Issue No. 2332
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