Representatives from most PCS civil service workers’ union branches in the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) met in Leeds last Saturday.
We were discussing the latest stage in our fight against 30,000 job cuts.
This followed the highly successful strike of over 80,000 workers at the end of January. The overwhelming majority of delegates were confident more action could succeed and voted to call a further two-day strike in March. We are also continuing to boycott the PDS pay appraisal.
Unfortunately, the discussion got bogged down in the technicalities of the dispute and the few areas where the strike was poorly supported. There was also no date set for the strikes and they could now take place in the middle of March rather than the beginning.
This means there is little chance of linking up our action with 1.5 million local government workers who are set to strike over pensions at the end of March. It would be a big disappointment if this didn’t happen.
Activists need to ensure that whatever action is called is as successful as the strikes across the country in January.