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Good response to the PCS union’s call for protests over the pay cap

Issue No. 2574

Rallying against the pay cap in Nottingham last week as part of a national day of action

Rallying against the pay cap in Nottingham last week as part of a national day of action (Pic: PCS Union/Twitter)


Civil service workers at government department offices across Britain protested on Friday of last week demanding an end to the 1 percent public sector pay cap.

Their action is part of a campaign that could lead to strikes.

The union said more than 100 PCS union branches held lunchtime protests outside their workplaces on the last Friday of the month—pay day.

At the protest outside the Department for Work and Pensions/HM Revenue and Customs building in Stratford, east London, most of the workers in the building joined in.

This included some who aren’t union members.

A few days earlier, union members in the building had led a walkout over unsafe working conditions.

Some managers threatened to deduct pay over the protests, but were forced to back off when they saw the strength of feeling and the unity of the workforce.

The day of protests came ahead of a consultative ballot asking PCS members whether they would be prepared to strike to beat the pay cap.

The ballot is set to be launched on Monday—and should be used to build support for strikes and recruit to the union.

Actions involving members such as the workplace protests are a good way to do this.

They are an example of what other unions can do in the fight to beat the pay cap.

Thanks to Andy Reid

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