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Posted on 5 April 2013 at 22:24 GMT

Solidly supported walkout, reports PCS

A half-day walkout by tens of thousands of Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members this afternoon - 5th April - has been very solidly supported as workers showed their anger at imposed cuts to their pay, pensions and working conditions.

The PCS has asked for central talks with ministers and senior officials but the government has refused.

A 24-hour strike in the Home Office and former UK Border Agency, planned for Monday 8th April but postponed after a legal challenge, will now be escalated to a week-long series of walkouts across various parts of the department in a fortnight's time.

Around 55,000 of the union's members in HMRC will hold a half-day strike on the morning of Monday 8 April, as previously announced.

Some of the PCS's reports from today include:

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "These walkouts have been very solidly supported and show the depth of anger hard-working public servants feel at having their living standards cut.

"We warned the Home Office and UKBA that their belligerent approach would only serve to escalate the dispute and we are now planning a longer series of strikes that will cause even more disruption.

"These walkouts are part of an ongoing campaign of industrial action and protests to put pressure on a government that is refusing to even talk to us."

From a PCS press release

Southampton

Andy Cooper, PCS rep at the Maritime Coastguard Agency HQ Southampton, said: "Tens of thousands of our members were out on budget day.

"We need to keep it going. Keeping it in the public consciousness. Keep going until we are listened to.

"We can't give up because the alternative is to allow public services to disintegrate".


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