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Strike at Land Registry shows a mood to fight

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2404

Land Registry strikers in Croydon

Land Registry strikers in Croydon (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Over 3,000 workers in the Land Registry (LR) struck for two days last week against privatisation plans which could slash thousands of jobs.

The PCS union members struck on Wednesday and Thursday of last week in all 14 offices across England and Wales.

Dave Franklin, PCS Land Registry Group assistant secretary and chair of Computer Services branch, spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity.

“There were around 35 people on our picket line, which is unprecedented,” he said. 

“Members around the country were really buoyed by the success of the walkouts—people were really up for it.”

In Blackpool, FBU members joined striking LR workers on their picket line, and UCU members joined pickets in Croydon, south London.

The dispute is about the immediate threat to over 300 jobs by LR management plans to introduce a Virtual Post Room, outsourced to TNT.

TNT would take over opening all incoming mail, including highly sensitive personal documents, scanning the contents and passing the data to LR systems. 

“This is direct outsourcing of our members’ jobs,” said Dave.

At PCS conference this week delegates will discuss whether to join a coordinated pay strike in July.

Dave said, “The LR strike shows that members are prepared to fight where the leadership is prepared to lead.

“Workers in local government, health and teachers are fighting over pay. 

“It is time for PCS to push for united action to beat this weak and vicious government.”

 


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Tue 20 May 2014, 20:06 BST
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