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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
09 August 2003
THE NEW national executive of the PCS civil servants' union has held its first full meeting since the left and democracy candidates swept the board in last month's elections. The executive agreed to step up the union's national pay campaign in response to the government's recent policy of forcing departments to make unacceptably low offers.
26 July 2003
UP TO 10,000 members of the PCS union in Jobcentre Plus in London are shortly due to be balloted on industrial action over job cuts. The management has threatened to cut staffing levels by up to 40 percent over the next three years.
19 July 2003
THE PCS civil servants' union conference in Blackpool last week revealed the depth of anger that the people who are forced to implement government policy feel towards New Labour.
12 July 2003
SOME 80 trade unionists from Natfhe, Unison, PCS, FBU, Usdaw and Amicus marched with their banners in Manchester last Saturday. The march was over the bullying of staff at the Mancat college. One department with 20 posts has seen 35 pass through it in two years. The management made an unsuccessful attempt to dismiss the branch secretary last year. Now the college has declared compulsory redundancies in the trade union education unit, which includes a number of union branch activists.
12 July 2003
PCS CIVIL servants' union members were celebrating a historic victory for democracy as their union conference began on Tuesday of this week. The Democracy slate of the socialist Left Unity group and the centre-left PCS Democrats swept the national executive elections last week. It won 34 of 43 positions.
05 July 2003
MARK SERWOTKA, general secretary of the civil servants' union PCS, spoke to Socialist Worker as part of our series on the future for the left.
21 June 2003
ACTIVISTS IN the PCS civil servants' union are campaigning to ensure that the right wing Moderates group which has dominated the union is defeated in national executive elections.
07 June 2003
SOME 288,000 members of the PCS civil servants' union will begin voting for a new national leadership from Friday of this week. This is a key chance to reclaim the union for its members. The socialist Left Unity group is standing alongside the PCS Democrats group as part of a united Democracy slate to defeat the right wing group that has dominated the union.
31 May 2003
Janice Godrich is the president of the PCS civil servants' union and a member of the Scottish Socialist Party. She spoke to Socialist Worker about the upcoming elections to the union's national executive, which begin on Friday 6 June. The socialist Left Unity group and the PCS Democrats group are standing a united list in an attempt to defeat the right wing Moderates group that has dominated the union.
31 May 2003
HUNDREDS OF Inland Revenue workers in the PCS civil servants' union unofficially walked out of their offices for 15 minutes on Friday of last week. The workers were protesting against the crisis caused by the government's new tax credit programme which left Britain's poorest families waiting for vital money.