Members of the PCS and Prospect civil service workers’ unions working in magistrate’s courts across England and Wales have voted overwhelmingly for a national strike in a dispute over pay.
Some 80 percent of PCS members who voted said yes to a one-day strike that will involve staff who run the courts and provide advice to magistrates. Some 64 percent of Prospect members voted to strike in a 69 percent turnout.
The strike is expected to take place before Christmas. The majority of staff will get a below inflation pay increase of just 2.2 percent.
Rosie Eagleson, PCS national secretary, said, “This overwhelming vote illustrates the strength of feeling among staff who are facing a below inflation cost of living increase.
“Members have made it clear with this historic vote that they will take strike action to secure fair pay and it is high time that management started to negotiate meaningfully in order to avoid serious disruption to the magistrate courts in England and Wales.”
NHS Pensions Agency ballot
AROUND 200 members of the PCS working for the NHS Pensions Agency in Fleetwood are being balloted for industrial action over the effects of plans to privatise the agency.
The government wants to privatise the agency, which looks after the pensions of approximately 1.25 million NHS staff by April 2006. The ballot closes on 11 January 2006.
Deparment for Work and Pensions dispute
OVER 90,000 members of the PCS union in the Department for Work and Pensions are currently balloting for strike action over job cuts, office closures and other issues. The ballot is set to close on Friday 6 January.