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The Socialist 24 January 2018

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Turn Carillion crisis into movement against privatisation and capitalism


Welsh NHS crisis - we cannot go on like this

2m to remove Grenfell-type cladding: residents to get bill

Private profit out of our NHS

Leeds playing fields rescued from Blairites

May's "war on plastic" still puts profits before the planet

News in brief


Vietnam War: 50 years since the Tet Offensive


Lecturers vote for strikes against pension cuts

PCS executive agrees next steps in pay campaign

Brum care workers protest council attacks

Amy Murphy Usdaw campaign meeting

Ballots against Bromley privatisers

Ferrybridge: Workers down tools over unpaid wages


Punishment of Tamimi family awakens wave of international solidarity


Defend Louise Harrison - save Yorkshire women's services!

Victory against government's war on eastern European homeless

Women rally defiantly

Gentrification scourge hits Kent

Kirklees council opens consultation of library services

Southampton: Pay rise for uni boss, job losses for lecturers


Red Mary - a Force of Nature

Obituary: Maureen Mulhearn 1945-2018


Carillion and the construction industry

Carillion crisis exposes PFI chaos

Universal credit: set up to fail

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PCS executive agrees next steps in pay campaign following historic vote for action

PCS strikers in Trafalgar Square, 10.7.15, photo Judy Beishon

PCS strikers in Trafalgar Square, 10.7.15, photo Judy Beishon   (Click to enlarge)

Marion Lloyd, PCS national executive committee member and PCS Left Unity chair (personal capacity)

On 31 January PCS members from across the UK civil service will participate in pay day protests over public sector pay restraint which has seen a 20% cut in wages since 2010. These protests come on the back of our fantastic consultative ballot result, where 98% voted to reject the pay cap with 79% in favour of action on pay.

The PCS national executive committee (NEC), in which Socialist Party members play a key role, has agreed a number of actions to take our pay strategy forward.

A national pay claim has gone to the cabinet office calling for a minimum 5% increase or 1,200 for all, a wage of at least 10 an hour, and a return to national pay bargaining in the civil service. We want to establish a common pay structure which eliminates inequalities that exist across pay structures as a result of delegated bargaining, introduced by Thatcher to undermine the power of civil service trade unions and lower conditions of workers.

Our leading lay representatives and negotiators will meet in February to discuss and agree plans to build support, to prepare the ground for a statutory national ballot of all our members and to endorse the aims and objectives of our national pay claim.

Activity around the 13 March spring budget statement is also being looked at, including the possibility of a mass lobby of parliament, and we will be mobilising our members to attend the 12 May TUC demonstration in London.

PCS has been at the forefront of resisting austerity and campaigning against the pay cap. Socialist Party members in PCS will continue to develop links with trade unionists in other unions to help build the pressure from below to put pressure on the other public sector unions to take coordinated action on pay.

We welcome the decision by the Unite local government sector to recommend rejection of the pay offer in a consultative ballot. As we go to press, it appears Unison has voted to do the same.

A joint coordinated strategy for action could defeat the pay cap and help get rid of the Tories. The TUC must act now, pulling together all public sector unions in a coalition of the willing to plan out a strategy for action, coordinating existing and future pay disputes.

Young workers fighting for 10 an hour and an end to zero-hour contracts are beginning to get organised, seen by the fantastic victory of McDonald's workers. The movement has an opportunity to mobilise on a mass scale, in the process empowering millions of young people alongside already organised workers.


In this issue


What we think

Turn Carillion crisis into movement against privatisation and capitalism


Socialist Party news and analysis

Welsh NHS crisis - we cannot go on like this

2m to remove Grenfell-type cladding: residents to get bill

Private profit out of our NHS

Leeds playing fields rescued from Blairites

May's "war on plastic" still puts profits before the planet

News in brief


Vietnam war

Vietnam War: 50 years since the Tet Offensive


Socialist Party workplace news

Lecturers vote for strikes against pension cuts

PCS executive agrees next steps in pay campaign

Brum care workers protest council attacks

Amy Murphy Usdaw campaign meeting

Ballots against Bromley privatisers

Ferrybridge: Workers down tools over unpaid wages


International socialist news and analysis

Punishment of Tamimi family awakens wave of international solidarity


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Defend Louise Harrison - save Yorkshire women's services!

Victory against government's war on eastern European homeless

Women rally defiantly

Gentrification scourge hits Kent

Kirklees council opens consultation of library services

Southampton: Pay rise for uni boss, job losses for lecturers


Obituaries

Red Mary - a Force of Nature

Obituary: Maureen Mulhearn 1945-2018


Opinion

Carillion and the construction industry

Carillion crisis exposes PFI chaos

Universal credit: set up to fail

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