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‘I am excited to build for this strike ballot’, say civil service workers

Issue No. 2608

The PCS is pushing for strikes

The PCS is pushing for strikes (Pic: Tracy Boyce )


Civil service workers begin a ballot for national strikes next Monday, and PCS union activists are organising to win a thumping Yes vote.

Pete Edwards, a PCS rep in Cardiff, reports, “I’m tremendously excited about building the strike ballot.

“I’ve been emailing all the members I have contacts for across the region, and next week I’ll be going around each desk in my office with another rep who recently joined.

“We’ll be talking to each member about the importance of voting and striking, and we hope to recruit in the process.

“After PCS conference this year, a group of reps decided to form a town committee. We had our first meeting on Thursday and decided to go for a public rally to pull together members from all the major PCS workplaces in Cardiff.

“We want to give those who come along a sense of being part of a big fight against the Tories.”

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PCS is pushing for a 5 percent increase this year. The government is sticking to the 1 percent pay cap even though it has removed it for some other public sector groups. Pete Jackson, Birmingham town committee convenor (pc), said, “Birmingham town committee met last week to launch our pay ballot campaign.

“Kevin McHugh, PCS deputy president, opened the meeting. Speakers from the CWU and UCU unions outlined how their strike ballots had smashed the 50 percent threshold.

“The 17 reps present covered the main departments and the biggest offices in the city. We have a daily plan for targeting the biggest workplaces in the first week of the ballot.

“This week the Department for Work and Pensions announced is it delaying the pay rise in July which is part of the four-year Employee Deal.

“This has caused outrage across the biggest department in the civil service.”

The ballot closes on 23 July. A big vote, and hard-hitting strikes, will be a boost to everyone fighting the Tories.


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