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‘Everyone depends on what we do’

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS, issued this statement when the ballot result was announced

Issue No. 1925

‘OUR MEMBERS do not vote for strike action unless they think the situation is desperate.

Some 25 percent of them earn less than £15,000 a year.

Far from being backroom bureaucrats, our members are pivotal to the delivery of key services.

All members of the public depend on civil service workers.

Members have voted to take a stand for public services.

It is a stand which says they won’t tolerate the government’s slash and burn approach to public services, services that everybody relies on from cradle to grave.

The people going on strike on 5 November aren’t faceless bureaucrats.

They are people providing essential services that are consistently taken for granted.

They are people who face massive uncertainty about their jobs and the prospect of having to work five more years to receive their pension.

The government and Tories are engaged in a bidding war of who can cut the most.

Britain’s civil servants will be saying on 5 November that you can’t embark along the path of crude cuts without it damaging services.’

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Sat 30 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1925
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