CIVIL SERVANTS in the PCS union working for DEFRA, the merged former ministry of agriculture and the department of the environment, have voted for strike action over pay disparities. Some 1,677 to 845 voted in favour of striking in a 50 percent turnout. Some 2,048 to 465 voted in favour of action short of a strike.
Workers are angry that staff from the former ministry of agriculture are paid less than staff from the department of the environment. A rolling programme of strikes and industrial action last year forced management to increase pay and promise to end disparities. But they did not deliver.
Activists have to build on the momentum of the vote and pressurise their officials to call a strike. For more info go to www.mobilise.org.uk