Some 9,000 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union in the department for work and pensions (DWP) are set to be balloted from Monday 5 September to take strike action over job cuts.
This is an important dispute for the whole union. It is the first sizeable group of civil service workers to be balloted against cuts since the last November’s strike of over 200,000 workers.
If it is succesful it should encourage other groups in the DWP and other departments to take action. London is not the only place that is suffering.
The DWP is in a deep crisis. The government’s planned cuts of over 104,000 jobs across the civil service are having a terrible effect on the service.
The ballot will go on until 22 September. We have to make sure we win it by a large margin. If it is successful the initial one-day strike will take place on Friday 30 September.