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DWP get set for more action to defend public services

by Phil Pardoe and Rob Bryson
Issue No. 1987

PCS civil service workers’ union reps in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) were set to meet this Saturday to discuss the next step forward after our successful strike on 27 and 28 January.

The strike by 80,000 workers against job cuts, office closures and other issues rocked DWP bosses and the government.

The PCS DWP group executive committee is recommending that the reps’ meeting agrees to another two day strike on 2 and 3 March.

An overtime ban should be reinforced through action if overtime work is called. The union also wants to boycott the pay appraisal system, backed up by retaliatory action if anyone is suspended for doing this.

The union is encouraging strike submissions from areas under threat of privatisation or jobs are being moved around.

The government wants to privatise the advisory posts in Jobcentre Plus offices in eight areas.

The annual general meeting last week at Hammersmith Jobcentre Plus office in west London, which will be affected by this, voted to be balloted for an indefinite strike.

The group executive must give these kind of disputes a national focus.

We should also link up with the planned strike by 1.5 million public sector workers over pensions at the end of March.

Phil Pardoe is on the PCS DWP group executive. Rob Bryson is the DWP central London branch secretary. They write in a personal capacity

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Sat 11 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1987
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