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Civil service workers

by Rob Bryson PCS DWP London branch secretary (personal capacity)
Issue No. 1989

PCS civil service workers’ union leaders in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are discussing when to call the next action in our struggle against 30,000 job cuts.

Over 80,000 union members struck successfully for two days at the end of last month.

The union is now in talks with management and this may mean that the next strikes might not take place until the end of March. Members in the offices have said that they don’t want big gaps in the action as this is frustrating and loses the momentum of our action.

The group executive committee, which runs the union in the DWP, must call action if the talks do not result in significant concessions.

Striking at the end of March means that we could coordinate our action with 1.5 million public sector workers currently balloting over attacks on pensions. Striking with other workers would bring more confidence.

Union members have picketed offices at weekends as part of our overtime ban.

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Sat 25 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1989
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