Socialist Worker

Civil servants' PCS union must name the day for autumn action

by Paul Williams, PCS NEC (pc)
Issue No. 2420

PCS members on strike on 10 July

PCS members on strike on 10 July (Pic: Guy Smallman)


The PCS union executive met last week and agreed to look to coordinate action with other unions in October. But no date has yet been agreed.

Local government workers and school support staff are to strike on 14 October and health unions are balloting for action on 13 October.

Unity in strength matters. Pay is falling while the cost of living is rising, and these attacks are increasing.

On top of this the union is coming under attack. 

The Home Office has announced that from 1 December the collection of union subscriptions, known as check off, will end.

This will result in PCS having to sign some 15,000 members onto direct debit. 

The Tories have also announced their intention to move away from voluntary redundancies to compulsory redundancies. 

Looking to coordinate action in October is a good start. Now we have to come out and name the day.

PCS also needs to argue for a strategy of coordinated strikes as well as strikes on its own.

This has already been the case following 10 July strikes. 

We have seen strikes in the Passport Agency, HMRC and museums.

The PCS executive will meet again at some point after the TUC conference to make a decision. 

Members need to push for action on 14 October, pass motions in branches and organise meetings arguing to name the date and join the action.


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