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Where next in the PCS?

by Dave Owens, PCS DWP executive committee (pc)
Issue No. 2351

The PCS union’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) group executive last week discussed the next steps in its campaign of industrial action over pay, pensions and attacks on working conditions.

PCS has already taken one and a half days of national strikes.

The different sections are now required to draw up plans for further action to take place before 30 June. 

This means unfortunately that it is unlikely that action can be coordinated with the teachers strike in the north west of England on 27 June.

Various different options were considered but no final plans were made. 

The meeting is due to reconvene—appropriately enough—on May Day, when a decision will be made. 

DWP is by far the biggest government department. It is vital for the campaign that effective action is delivered.

In a separate dispute over the victimisation and sacking of PCS member Lee Rock in the Sheffield call centre, it was reported that a ballot for strikes in the workplace had been overwhelmingly in favour of action. The timing of this is now with the union’s national disputes committee.

It was further reported that the union has won a union recognition ballot at the pension ombudsman’s office with 91 percent voting for regognition.

Elections for the national executive of the PCS union have begun. The ballot closes 9 May. A Socialist Worker leaflet is available at and the Left Unity leaflet at

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Tue 30 Apr 2013, 16:34 BST
Issue No. 2351
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