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Issue No. 1811

ALMOST 1,000 members of the PCS civil servants' union who work at the British Library struck for better pay on Monday. It was a good, strong picket line with a lot of support from passing motorists. Mark Serwotka, the elected PCS general secretary, came to the picket line.

We are striking against management's paltry 3.8 percent offer from last year. It's ridiculous that we're still fighting over last year's pay offer. Some of us earn as little as £11,000 and we are fed up with being told by executives on six figure salaries what a good offer 3.8 percent is. Library assistant workers were due to strike on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing three days of disruption to the library.

The strike meant the 11 reading rooms in central London were closed. It also hit the Colindale newspaper library in north London and the Boston Spa site in West Yorkshire. If we don't get an improved offer we are willing to take further strike action.
VAL PEARMAN, British Library worker and PCS national executive member

Mark Serwotka

THE RESULT of the court case between the elected general secretary Mark Serwotka and discredited right winger Barry Reamsbottom, over control of the PCS civil servants' union, was set for Wednesday of this week. Socialist Worker will carry a full report of the result next week. Civil servants planned to lobby the court

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Sat 3 Aug 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1811
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