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PCS union sends letter of solidarity to Unison
As Unison started its annual conference, ahead of the council workers' vote to strike over pay, Mark Serwotka (general secretary of the PCS union) sent the following letter of support and solidarity to Unison's general secretary Dave Prentis, calling for united industrial action.
Firstly may I offer my solidarity and wish you and your colleagues a successful conference.
Can I also, on behalf of our national executive committee offer our support to your campaigns on public sector pay, and in particular to your members in local government.
Should they vote in favour of industrial action, we will do whatever is necessary to support them, including if possible coordinating our action over pay with yours.
The latest inflation figures show how vital it is that we secure pay increases which protect public servants from a cut in their living standards. We all face the consequences of the cap on public sector pay increases, and our best chance of beating the cap will come if we fight together.
I look forward to working together with Unison to win a better deal for the public sector.
Mark Serwotka, general secretary PCS
In The Socialist 25 June 2008:
Socialist Party editorial
Unison Conference 2008
Socialist Party campaigns
Socialist Party Marxist analysis
International socialist news and analysis
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Origins of the Labour Party
Socialist Party workplace news