Tens of thousands of civil service workers in the PCS union have been protesting against austerity around the country today, Thursday.
Angry at George Osborne’s announcement yesterday of deep cuts to the public sector they demonstrated outside workplaces and attended rallies during their lunch breaks.
More than 100 joined a noisy rally outside HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) headquarters in
PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh addressed the crowd saying, “There is no respite from these cuts. We are consulting members and reframing our national demands for the next stage of action.”
He added “The PCS hold the door open to every trade union” to get co-ordinated action against the cuts.
Lively protests took place in cities and towns across
A rep told Socialist Worker, “There’s no alternative to strikes. It’s clear from the spending review the Tories are coming for us. We have to fight back.”
Many PCS members have struck during the last three months as part of their national campaign against cuts to jobs, pay and working conditions.
However the lunchtime protests were called in place of the national strike that the union’s conference in May voted for.
“The strike should have gone ahead. I came here to show solidarity, because we have to come together to show we are strong.” Gnabressou Gbode, a PCS member in the Passport Office, told Socialist Worker.
Teachers in the NUT and NASUWT unions are striking today in the
PCS members protested in solidarity with the striking teachers, with hundreds of people attending a rally in
Dave Owens, a PCS member in the Department of Work and Pensions in
“The mood is there. At the meeting we had a vote on whether we should strike and there was a unanimous yes result. It’s a missed opportunity. We should be out with the teachers.”