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MOJ shared services workers strike against privatisation

by John Carr
Issue No. 2415

On the picket line in Bootle

On the picket line in Bootle (Pic: John Carr)

Civil service workers in Bootle, Merseyside, completed a six-day strike against privatisation on Thursday of last week. They provide shared services such as IT and admin for the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). Before returning some 60 PCS union strikers gathered to walk back in together. 

A message of support from PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka was read out. He said, “Your action has been an inspiration not just to your colleagues in shared services and the rest of the MOJ, but across the whole union. 

“You have shown that we will not sit back and allow them to sell off chunks of the civil service, cut jobs and offshore work. The fight is far from over.”

The MOJ had been trying to send work from Bootle to Newport in a bid to undermine the strike. But Newport workers responded by walking out on strike for two days from Thursday of last week.

The PCS Newport branch will meet this week to discuss the next steps, including the possibility of further strikes. 

Staff working in the post room at Newport will be striking from Monday of this week to Wednesday. This is likely to have a huge impact on the operation of the site. An overtime ban is in place until 31st August.

Tax workers hold rolling strikes

PCS members at HMRC tax offices around Britain held three days of rolling regional strikes last week over job cuts, tax office closures and privatisation.

Wales and the north west of England struck on Wednesday followed by Scotland and the Midlands on Thursday.

Some 80 percent of members struck at Elgin House HMRC office in Edinburgh. All other regions struck on Friday of last week.


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