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Department for Work and Pensions ballot delayed yet again

by Dave Owens, PCS DWP group executive (pc)
Issue No. 2018

The ballot of PCS civil service workers’ union members in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in response to management’s offer in our campaign against job cuts has been delayed yet again.

The union’s group executive committee had been recommending acceptance of the management offer, despite the union being offered none of its original demands.

Ballot papers were to be sent out on 15 August but the vote was delayed due to the threat of victimisation against two activists for their part in the dispute.

The PCS had been promised the result of a disciplinary hearing by Thursday of last week but that has been delayed until 13 September at the earliest.

One of the individuals, Darren Smith, is facing charges of gross misconduct that could lead to dismissal.

The bad faith displayed by DWP management on this issue is another reason to reject the deal on offer if and when the ballot goes ahead.

If any serious penalty is imposed on Darren, PCS should be looking to escalate the campaign of industrial action, not wind it down.

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Sat 16 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2018
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