The July meeting of the PCS civil service workers’ union national executive unanimously agreed to step up the fight against job cuts and privatisation.
It will prepare for a national strike ballot of all members in the civil service and linked bodies in the autumn, unless the government gives a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies.
As chancellor Gordon Brown’s “efficiency” agenda begins to bite, there has already been action against job losses in many departments. More cuts are planned.
National strike action is the only effective response to the government’s drive to cut and privatise jobs while holding down pay and attacking working conditions. It is essential that PCS activists start building for a massive yes vote.
Regional meetings and members’ bulletins are being organised.
Local reps are urged to set up town and city “Public Services Not Private Profit” campaign committees, building links with other public sector unions and community groups and holding local rallies.
A petition signed by 50,000 people demanding decent pay for civil service workers was presented to parliament on Monday of this week by Labour MP John McDonnell.