Socialist Worker

Civil service workers prepare to strike on Wednesday 15 October

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2424

PCS at the Tory party conference this year

PCS at the Tory party conference this year (Pic: Geoff Dexter)

Civil service workers in the PCS union plan to walk out on Wednesday of next week to demand a pay rise.

PCS members joined other workers on 10 July, and have taken part in successful sectional strikes over the last year.

Land Registry workers struck against privatisation in May and won a major victory after plans to sell off a chunk of the service were shelved.

Dave Franklin, PCS Land Registry Group assistant secretary, spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity. 

“Our victory shows that strikes do have the power to win,” he said. 

“We’ve had two years of pay freeze and a pay cap of 1 percent while the cost of living has got higher and higher.

“We need to get together to fight for better pay and against the Tories’ austerity.”

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) workers at Garston Call Centre in Merseyside also plan to begin a five-day strike from Monday of next week.

The centre, which deals primarily with benefit enquiries, is earmarked for closure by February of next year.

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