Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the PCS civil service workers’ union, said in the debate on public services, “While the government wants to cut a 100,000 civil servants’ jobs it is spending £32.2 billion on consultants.
“When Tony Blair does his farewell tour there should be protests at every school and hospital he visits. We need to mobilise the strength of the movement to convince the government to change direction or face the consequences.”
Serwotka also said that the PCS was in a consultative process before calling a national ballot for discontinuous strike action unless the government reverses its policies over job cuts.
He said, “All of us agree that we oppose the sell off of public services. Privatisation is fundamentally wrong and is gathering pace under this New Labour government.
“The question we face is what we do about it. We believe a national demonstration and day of action would be fantastically popular.”
However, the composited motion only issued a call to “debate proposals for the organisation of a national demonstration and campaign day”, rather than agreeing to call one.
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