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Department for Work and Pensions strike

by Dave Owens PCS DWP north west organiser (pc)
Issue No. 2000

On strike in Handsworth, Birmingham, last week (Pic: Peter Jackson)

On strike in Handsworth, Birmingham, last week (Pic: Peter Jackson)

The two-day strike by over 85,000 civil service workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week was incredibly successful.

All reports are that it was as solid as the previous action in January against thousands of job cuts in the DWP.

Now PCS union members are discussing the next action we need to win our fight and defend jobs and services.

The group executive, which runs the union in the DWP, is set to meet later this month.

It looks like it will sound out the opinions of branches and regions around the country.

This means it is unlikely there will be any more action until after PCS conference next month. This is not good enough.

The union needs to set a date as quickly as possible for the next action. We have to keep the momentum up, and not wait three months until the next strike.

We also need to organise demonstrations wherever overtime is being worked to keep the overtime ban in place.

Union branches should be putting emergency motions into conference demanding this.

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Sat 13 May 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2000
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