10 July 2004
THERE IS a full spectrum assault on the PCS union and jobs in the DWP.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 April 2004
OVER 100,000 civil servants are set to strike on Tuesday and Wednesday. The workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the prisons service and the Office for National Statistics are fighting for decent pay. This is a crucial battle for the future of public services and the PCS civil servants' union. The government is out to break the PCS.
27 March 2004
INSPECTORS, researchers, scientists and support staff at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were preparing for their first strike in almost 20 years as Socialist Worker went to press. Members of the PCS and Prospect unions, 40 percent of HSE's 4,000 staff, face a pay cut as management tries to squeeze down the maximum level of all pay bands. HSE management can afford to pay an inflation-based rise, maintain previous commitments on pay progression and stay within Treasury-imposed limits-but with top managers' bonuses based on reducing budgets they have a vested interest in reducing the pay bill dramatically.
13 March 2004
OVER 90,000 civil servants in the PCS union are set to strike again for two days on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 April. The strike will close down job centres, benefits offices, pension centres and the Child Support Agency. This is the next stage of the campaign against poverty pay by workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
06 March 2004
ACTIVISTS IN the civil servants' PCS union were set to meet in Leeds this Saturday to discuss their crucial battle with the government over poverty pay. Some 92,000 workers in benefits offices, job centres, pension centres and Child Support Agency centres shocked bosses when they struck magnificently for two days last month.
28 February 2004
OVER 100,000 low paid civil servants in the PCS union are debating the next step in their pay battle. Quick and determined action is needed to win this crucial battle with the government. Some 92,000 workers struck brilliantly in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on Monday and Tuesday of last week. A number of other departments have also struck recently.
14 February 2004
OVER 90,000 civil servants in the PCS union are set to strike on Monday and Tuesday. The strike will hit job centres, benefit offices, pension centres and the Child Support Agency, all part of the government's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
07 February 2004
OVER 150 members of the PCS and Prospect civil servants' unions packed into a meeting at the HQ of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in London last week. Both unions are balloting for action over the 2003 pay offer after 90 percent voted to reject it. Feelings are running high as HSE management are determined to limit rises at the top of all pay bands to 0.5 percent per year for three years.
07 February 2004
The executive of a key section of the PCS civil servants' union last week called off planned strikes over pay. Pressure was building from members this week for the strikes to be put back on
31 January 2004
MEMBERS OF the socialist Left Unity group in the PCS civil servants' union are voting on who will be their candidate for the forthcoming election for the union's assistant general secretary.
24 January 2004
A CRUCIAL battle is coming in the civil service. The results of the strike ballot in the PCS civil servants' union was due out shortly after Socialist Worker went to press.