Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have voted by nine to one (18,758 to 2,081) to accept management’s offer to end our jobs, rights and services campaign.
Although concessions have been forced from management, especially in relation to the department’s draconian sickness procedure, none of the prime objectives of the campaign have been achieved.
No one will have been surprised. Strikes supported by up to 90,000 members in late January and early May were not followed up and the campaign was allowed to peter out.
With a strike ballot of the whole of the PCS membership in the civil service planned for the new year over job cuts it is important that these mistakes are not repeated.
Members of the PCS union staged a protest at the National Maritime Museum on Monday of last week in response to management’s refusal to recognise unions.
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