There is growing anger among civil service workers in the PCS union in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over a new deal on job cuts recommended by union leaders in the department.
Workers in Harrow and Acton offices in west London voted unanimously against the deal at meetings last week.
Steve Bramhill, the north west PCS DWP regional secretary, told Socialist Worker in a personal capacity, “There are two main reasons that people and branches are opposing the deal.
“In June management introduced changes to our conditions of service. We can’t settle our dispute with these changes in place. This means that we will be in a worse situation than when the dispute started.
“The second reason is that we are about to ballot for national action over the same issue - being against compulsory redundancies.
“If the DWP, the largest department in the civil service, settles on this issue it would be folly. The chances of members voting to take action again over this issue would be reduced.
“So far I have not spoken to anyone in favour of the deal. I’d like to see the dispute continue until we get a satisfactory offer. We need to fight against the job cuts the government is imposing, not just the ones being imposed in the DWP.”
Activists were planning to lobby a crucial meeting of branch reps from the DWP in Leeds on Friday of this week arguing that they should reject the deal.