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Civil service in brief

Issue No. 2006

Members of the Prospect civil service workers’ union at the Ordnance Survey have voted by four to one to strike in protest at the failure of management to agree a fair pay deal, ten months after its implementation date.

On a turnout of 71 percent almost 80 percent of Prospect’s 1,000 members voted to strike.

Staff began action short of a strike across the country on Monday. Workers in the PCS union are also voting on strikes.

  • Some 1,500 PCS union members working for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in Salford, Liverpool, West Lancashire and West Cheshire revenue centres are voting in a strike ballot over the relocation of work and the threat of job cuts.
  • Security guard members of PCS working for outsourcing firm MacLellan in Tyneside struck for 36 hours last week over broken promises and pay rates that will be lower than the minimum wage. This was the second strike by the 46 guards.
  • Workers at the NHS Pensions Agency are continuing their campaign against privatisation. The workers struck in January.

Lorraine Leslie, a PCS rep in the agency, told Socialist Worker, “We should have been working for the commercial sector by 1 April this year. But our campaign has stalled management’s plans.”

Joanne Leadbetter, the PCS union branch chair, said, “We have had members' meetings to talk to people about why we need to be ready to take strike action again. We’re trying to get a united campaign with the Unison union over this. People are passionate about staying in the public sector.”


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Sat 24 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
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