ACTIVISTS IN the PCS civil service workers union in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) were set to meet on Friday of this week to discuss a new pay offer in our long running dispute. Some 90,000 workers struck for a total of six days last year against poverty pay and a discriminatory appraisal system.
Management have made an improved offer which changes the quota system to put more people in the higher brackets. But although it has changed we will still have an appraisal system with quotas. PCS members are furious about this system.
Despite the progress the pay offer will still leave a big gap between DWP workers and many other government departments. The dispute has had an impact in forcing the employers to make more concessions, but they are not enough.
Industrial action works. If we had taken more strikes, we would have got more from the employer. More industrial action can win more concessions. Civil service workers are facing attacks on jobs and pensions. Strike action can win that battle.
The union’s group executive is recommending the deal to a meeting of DWP branch representatives on Friday.
Activists should reject the deal, with the understanding that we need more industrial action to win more from the employer.