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Warm reception at ESF

23 October 2004
THE BALLOT of 290,000 civil service workers in the PCS union is set to end on Friday of this week.

Victory for McDonald

13 October 2004
A CAMPAIGN in defence of leading PCS civil service workers’ union activist Charlie McDonald has forced bosses to back off.

Civil service workers

09 October 2004
SOME 290,000 civil service workers in the PCS union were receiving their ballot papers at the beginning of this week. They are balloting for a strike on Friday 5 November over New Labour’s plans to cut 104,000 jobs.

Civil service workers

25 September 2004
SOME 110 civil service workers in the PCS union at Stratford social security office in east London were set to begin a ballot for indefinite strike action on Wednesday of this week.

Now the battle begins

18 September 2004
"THIS IS the biggest strike ballot in a generation, involving the whole of the civil service." With those fighting words Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS civil service workers’ union, announced a ballot of 290,000 members.

Council workers

18 September 2004
SOME 150 social workers in the Unison union are continuing their indefinite strike action in Liverpool. We have been getting good support from Unison, branches and other unions such as the PCS and FBU.

Civil service workers

11 September 2004
THE NATIONAL executive of the PCS civil service workers’ union was meeting as Socialist Worker went to press.

Civil service

28 August 2004
THE CAMPAIGN for decent pay in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is still ongoing. Some 85,000 DWP workers in the PCS civil servants’ union rejected a pay offer last November.

Back their fight

31 July 2004
The battle by civil service workers and their union, PCS, to resist these attacks is vital for every worker in Britain, particularly the millions employed in the public sector.

New strategy is urgently needed now

17 July 2004
HUNDREDS OF civil servants in the PCS union were set to lobby parliament on Wednesday of this week as part of our long-running dispute against low pay.

Strike coming in two weeks time

10 July 2004
THERE IS a full spectrum assault on the PCS union and jobs in the DWP.

'We will resist New Labour's assaults'

19 June 2004
THE CONFERENCE of the PCS civil servants' union last week saw complete opposition to the New Labour government's plans for pay, job cuts and pensions. Over the last year the union has grown to 310,000 members from 292,000 last July. That's because we have fought over issues such as pay. The left overwhelmingly won recent elections to the national executive.

Civil Servants

10 June 2004
HUNDREDS OF activists in the PCS civil servants' union were gathering in Brighton for our union conference this week. The conference takes place at an extremely important time for the union.

Left wins union votes

27 May 2004
THE LEFT have won another landslide victory in the PCS civil servants' union national executive elections. This is a victory for everyone who wants a fighting, democratic union. There are no crumbs of comfort for the Cabinet Office and New Labour. The left continues to hold the majority of national executive positions, consolidating the position of left wing general secretary Mark Serwotka.

PCS strikes put on hold

22 May 2004
NATIONAL LEADERS of over 90,000 civil servants in the PCS union met this week but postponed calling further action in the long-running pay dispute. The union will meet with management on Tuesday of next week. If there is no movement union leaders could call new strikes at a meeting on Thursday of next week.

Wildcat strikes in civil service shock bosses

15 May 2004
RAGE AGAINST bullying managers swept through the civil service last week as hundreds of members of the PCS union walked out on unofficial strike action against victimisation. Their action came as the union leadership stepped up the dispute in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), planning a new series of national strikes.

Wildcat civil servants

01 May 2004
OVER 1,000 workers in Scotland and Lancashire walked out unofficially last week in response to management's suspension of PCS civil servants' union activists. Management also suspended four PCS members in Leeds on Monday of this week. Some 500 workers in two offices, Hume House and Park place, walked out. Eight offices in East London walked out unofficially on Tuesday of this week after managment suspended Nigel Prendergast, a union activist in Hackney. These activists refused to carry out staff appraisals under the Performance Development Scheme.

Civil servants

24 April 2004
THE HIGHLY successful strike on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week by around 100,000 civil servants in the PCS union showed a real determination among members. People are not willing to give in to low pay and performance-related pay. Leaked documents last week showed how Kevin White, the human resources director at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), disgracefully criticised women staff for their supposed lack of ambition.

Where now for the civil service dispute?

17 April 2004
THE STRIKE by around 100,000 civil servants in the PCS union on Tuesday and Wednesday showed the angry mood about low pay. Workers in the biggest civil servant employer the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the prisons service struck for both days. Colleagues in the Office for National Statistics struck on Tuesday. DWP workers struck previously in February, while the prison service struck in January.

Prospect of more action

17 April 2004
WORKERS AT the Health and Safety Executive, members of the PCS and Prospect unions, are continuing our campaign for a fair pay rise for all, with a work to rule and withdrawal of good will. This follows our successful one-day strike on 29 March.

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