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CSC workers strike for five days over pay

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2450

Some 200 pensions administrators and IT staff began a five-day strike on Monday of this week. They have rejected an offer of a measly 9p an hour pay rise.

The former Ministry of Defence staff now work for US multinational Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).

PCS union branch chair Harold Good said, “With the constant low pay rises across the company and chipping away at individuals’ terms and conditions it has finally come to the point where the employees, with one voice, have stated—this ends today.”

CSC’s boss was given an £8.7 million bonus last year. 


Yet workers have been offered a pay rise of 0.3 percent for the first eight months of the pay year and 0.6 percent for the last four months. This amounts to less than 9p an hour.

Workers voted by 80 percent to escalate from a two-month work to rule to a five-day walkout. 

The turnout was 96 percent. The PCS members have said there will be more walkouts if bosses do not pay up.

“PCS members are prepared to take a stand for what they are worth, which is a lot more than CSC appear to believe their staff deserve,” said Harold. 

“We hope that CSC will see sense and come back to the table with a much improved offer. But it will have to be something serious and more substantial than the current derisory offer.”

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Tue 21 Apr 2015, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2450
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