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The strike plan is not enough

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).

New dates set for civil servants' action

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.

Urgent need to call more strikes on pay

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.

Strike hard and build the action

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).

Our pay deal is not safe

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.

Members' striking revolt

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

Civil servants

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.

Civil servants battle is a fight for all of us

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.

An angry new mood sweeping the union

17 January 2004
CIVIL SERVANTS are gearing up for a major pay battle. More than 100,000 members of the PCS union are voting to take strike action over their appallingly low pay.

In brief: Nurses strike, Telegraph, Buses, PCS, Taxis

17 January 2004
Strikes planned over care and pay

100,000 public sector workers in pay fight

20 December 2003
THE BIGGEST pay fight in the civil service for decades is on the cards. Some 89,000 PCS union members working in job centres and benefits offices, and in the Department of Work and Pensions, are due to begin a strike ballot at the start of January. The first two strike days are set for 29 and 30 January.

Civil servants

13 December 2003
AROUND 100,000 civil servants in the PCS union are set to ballot to take strike action over their awful pay deal in January.

Civil servants

01 November 2003
CIVIL SERVANTS are gearing up for their battle with the government over pay. Members of the PCS civil servants' union are set to ballot for strike action in a number of government departments. The union has organised a series of rallies to build support for their campaign. All meetings are at 12 noon unless otherwise specified:

Civil servants

25 October 2003
CIVIL SERVANTS in the PCS union are gearing up for a pay battle with the government. A number of government departments have given unacceptable pay offers to their workers. Union members in the Home Office are set to ballot soon on rejecting their pay offer and taking strike action to win a better deal.

Civil servants

18 October 2003
THE FIGHT for fair pay for civil and public servants stepped up a gear last week. PCS union reps and officials from across the country met to plan rallies in major towns and cities, coordinate future action and prepare a national pay claim for 2004.

Merseyside: Working to stop BNP

20 September 2003
MERSEYSIDE TUC organised a conference last Saturday to build a campaign against racism and fascism. Some 50 people attended the Merseyside Against Racism and Fascism foundation conference, including representatives of the PCS, Unison, Amicus and TGWU unions. Delegates agreed to launch the Merseyside Coalition Against Racism and Fascism to fight against the Nazi BNP in the area.

Martin Yates

06 September 2003
FRIENDS AND comrades of Martin Yates were shocked to hear of his tragic death. Martin was an active trade unionist in the civil service for 30 years and a leading member of the PCS and the Socialist Alliance in Merseyside.

PCS pensions action

23 August 2003
THE PCS civil servants' union is calling for a national day of action, involving all unions, over attacks on pensions. New Labour is increasing the pension age of many public sector workers from 60 to 65. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka says, "Public servants are very angry about this proposal."

Big strike on agenda

16 August 2003
CIVIL servants' PCS union leaders warned the government last week that it would not stand for the low pay many of their members face. Left wing general secretary Mark Serwotka announced that the union was preparing to coordinate strike action across ten government departments over pay.

PPP plan comes under microscope

16 August 2003
WORKERS AT the Forensic Science Service may go on strike against government plans to privatise it. The Prospect union, representing 1,400 scientists at the service, will decide this week whether to organise a strike ballot. The PCS civil service union, which represents 380 clerical staff at the forensic service, is also considering strike action.

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