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‘There’s an exciting mood around the strikes’

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Kate Douglas, secretary of the PCS’s Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire DWP branch, spoke to Socialist Worker about the mood around the strikes
Issue 2280

If I don’t strike today and lose a day’s pay for doing so, I’ll lose a day’s pay a month every year thanks to the Tory attacks.

I’m a parent on a tight budget. The pension contribution increase would mean I’d have to consider opting out of the scheme. My ‘gold-plated’ pension is just £4,500—and that’s after 24 years of work. It won’t even cover my rent.

This idea our pensions are unaffordable is a lie. The NUT union has shown that many billions more have gone into pension funds than have been taken out.

There’s also £123 billion uncollected tax in Britain. So why did they close 500 tax offices? Each tax collector brings in £600,000 a year.

There’s an exciting feeling where I work in Oxfordshire. The council have traffic signs warning motorists to expect delays on the strike day because of demonstrations.

That’s never happened before here. It shows that this is going to be bigger than anything else. Everyone in my workplace is planning to come to the picket lines and rallies. People really feel they can change things.

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