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Issue No. 1741

Civil servants

WORKERS IN the Employment Service could soon be taking action. Management are pushing savage staffing cuts in offices around the country, an attack which has led to calls by activists for their PCS union to organise industrial action.

Those calls have now been boosted by the decision of the executive of the Employment Service section of the union to throw its weight behind them. If the national executive of the union now gives the go ahead, civil servants across the north west of England will be balloted for a one-day regional strike. In a separate ballot PCS members throughout the Employment Service are also to vote on a boycott of "Management Team Working", a scheme which has increasingly been used to harass the workforce.


MEMBERS OF the PCS in the Benefits Agency in Poplar, east London, are to ballot on all-out strike action against the placing of a mobile phone mast on their office. The 150 workers are disgusted that the mast, which could impact on their health, was sited on their office without consultation.

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Sat 31 Mar 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1741
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