Socialist Worker

Department for Work and Pensions

by Phil Pardoe, PCS DWP group executive committee (pc)
Issue No. 1973

The battle for jobs and services in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) took another step forward last week.

PCS civil service workers’ union leaders in the DWP agreed at their meeting last week that the union would hold three regional meetings in the first week of November to discuss holding a national strike ballot against attacks on jobs and conditions.

The union has put together a series of demands opposing compulsory redundancies, calling for more staffing levels and better IT systems, and against the attacks on staffing and sickness absence.

The union is seeking talks with the employer over these and other issues.

If talks don’t take place or management don’t make any concessions the union will seek to ballot all its members across the DWP.

This could mean a strike ballot in November and action in December.

In London, where members have voted to strike over staffing levels, management have agreed to a 28 day extension to the period that the union is allowed to call action.

Activists across the country have got to hold meetings in every office to discuss the issue with all union members before the meetings in November. Members are furious about the cuts and their impact on the quality of service we can deliver.

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Sat 22 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1973
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