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Civil Service workers must start fighting for jobs now

by PHIL PARDOE, PCS DWP group executive (personal capacity)
Issue No. 1948

Thousands of jobs are being cut across government departments as chancellor Gordon Brown’s assault on the civil service gathers pace.

Many of the cuts are hitting the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Cuts are taking place now. The employer’s next step will be compulsory redundancies. There is a need to act now before this happens.

The mood is there to fight. Some 70 workers at Harrow, west London, last week voted overwhelmingly to ask the union to ballot them for indefinite strike action over the closure of their offices.

There is also a submission to ballot for cross-London action. Activists need to argue for strike action in all offices under threat of closure or job cuts. The union needs to lead a national campaign against the attacks.

Ballot papers for the national and group executive elections in the PCS union were to go out this week.

Activists should campaign for Left Unity/PCS Democrats candidates, including Socialist Worker supporters Sue Bond, Martin John and Andy Reid.

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Sat 23 Apr 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1948
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