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National strike ballot looms over DWP staff shortages

Issue No. 1972

The battle for jobs in the civil service is set to move on to a new stage as PCS union leaders in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) look likely to ballot their members for a national strike.

An emergency meeting of the group executive, which runs the union in the department, was set to call a meeting to discuss a ballot of over 100,000 members against the chronic staff shortages in the DWP.

Chancellor Gordon Brown’s plans to cull 104,000 jobs across the civil service have wrecked the service to the public and increased the pressure on workers.

Workers in the DWP in London recently voted overwhelmingly to strike over the staff cuts. Union representatives in the capital met on Monday of this week to discuss what action to take.

The group executive is expected to call a meeting of branch representatives for the end of the month to discuss a proposal to ballot all members in the DWP for a national strike over the cuts.

Over 200,000 people struck in November last year against the job cuts, which are hitting every department in the civil service.

Workers at the Driving Standards Agency in Nottingham recently struck against cuts.

The new issue of Civil Unrest, the rank and file newspaper for workers in the civil service, is out now, price 20p a copy. To get copies to sell phone 07792 147 733

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Sat 15 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1972
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