A 300-strong demonstration against the loss of 104,000 civil service jobs took place in Dunfermline, Gordon Brown’s constituency, last Saturday. The protest was organised by the PCS civil service workers’ union.
Many workers in the area face job losses. Claimants will be forced to use call centres instead of local offices.
PCS president Janice Godrich told Socialist Worker, “After our 5 November national strike, this is the first of our actions taking the campaign into the next stage.
“It is designed to put maximum pressure on the government prior to the general election. This is a fight to protect not just jobs, working conditions and pensions, but public services.”
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka spoke at the rally.
Mike Kirby of the Unison union congratulated the PCS on its “powerful campaign”. Local government workers also face low pay, poor staff retention rates, and privatisation.
Brian Nairn, from the Kirkcaldy Department for Work and Pensions, said, “This march proves how angry the members of this union are. We will not tolerate these swingeing cuts.”
Rudi Vogels, from the Child Poverty Action Group, said, “Yesterday I went to a Fife Rights Forum where Gordon Brown was speaking. I listened to 20 minutes of political propaganda.
“I was left wondering what would happen to the vast numbers of disabled people who have been encouraged to make direct, face to face contact with the public services in order to combat exclusion. Now they will have to ring a call centre.”
THE NATIONAL executive of the PCS will discuss reballoting over the attacks on jobs, pensions and sick pay at its meeting in January.