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Part the 2011 N30 London demo, photo Senan

11 June 2014

10 July: United action can beat austerity

Trade union members want action on the most basic demand of all: pay

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4 June 2014

"Enough is enough!" - 1.5m could strike over pay

On 10 July, 1.5 million public sector workers could be on strike against a derisory pay offer. The Unite, Unison, GMB, NUT and PCS unions could all be walking out together

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4 June 2014

PCS-Unite merger: Will it strengthen our fightback?

One of the main debates at PCS annual conference in May was on a possible merger with Unite the Union, writes John McInally, PCS national vice-president (personal capacity).

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PCS banner in  Trafalgar Square, 1.5.14, photo J Beishon

14 May 2014

PCS: Re-election of a fighting, socialist leadership

Socialist Janice Godrich elected PCS president for 13th time with Democracy Alliance candidates elected to union's executive for the 12th

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30 April 2014

Defending pensions, jobs, pay, services... Back the strikes!

Following national strikes in November and February, firefighters are once again demonstrating their refusal to accept the pension robbery on offer

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Part of the PCS contingent on the 2011 N30 London demo, photo Senan

5 February 2014

PCS: Re-elect fighting, campaigning leadership

The elections for the Public and Commercial Services union leadership start soon

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29 January 2014

Land Registry threatened with sell-off

The Land Registry has been a part of the UK civil service since 1862. However, a consultation currently underway threatens to remove the vast majority of it from the public sector

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4 December 2013

Workplace news in brief

Grangemouth: Grangemouth workers are facing 200 job losses in spite of recently agreeing cuts to pay and working conditions to keep the plant open

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11 November 2013

The case for joint coordinated industrial action

In light of recent setbacks for the working class, does the trade union movement need to reconsider how it uses industrial action? John McInally writes

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Joint strike action by university staff in the Unite, Unison and UCU unions was well supported at the University of East London 31 October 2013, photo P Mason

31 October 2013

Joint strike by university staff

Campus unions UCU, Unison and Unite took the start of action against real terms pay cuts [Reports added on 4.11.13]

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9 October 2013

Probation officers ballot for action

Public safety is under threat by plans to break up and privatise the Probation Service in England and Wales, writes Chas Berry

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25 September 2013

Greek teachers show the way forward

Public sector workers have, yet again, demonstrated their determination to resist the Greek government's austerity attacks, as demanded under the bailout conditions of the Troika (International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank)

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17 July 2013

Them & Us

No-go zones: A third of the country is now effectively a no-go zone for low-income families because of high rents

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Fight back against austerity, photo Paul Mattsson

28 June 2013

Trade union action urgent to stop Osborne's spending plans

This week's government spending review continued war waged against us - all of us not part of the super-rich 1%. George Osborne announced a further 11.5 billion of cuts. By 2017-18 government spending is expected to be down a third from when the Con-Dems took office.

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26 June 2013

Action needed to stop Royal Mail sell-off

Workers in Royal Mail have finally had a say on privatisation, after years of listening to MPs tell us what's best for us and the services we deliver, writes a postal worker

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13 March 2013

20 March: PCS calls budget-day strike

Defend pay, pensions and conditions: After a ballot result of 61% in favour of strike action, the civil service union PCS national executive has announced a campaign of industrial action to fight back against attacks on civil servants' pay, pensions and terms and conditions

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PCS members on the 2012 Oct 20th TUC demo, photo Senan

15 January 2013

PCS fighting the austerity agenda - 'Action gets results'

The coalition government's austerity programme is being increasingly exposed as a disaster for all but the business and banking elite, writes John McInally, PCS vice president

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10 January 2013

Seven more public sector prisons to close

The decision announced today (10th January) to close seven more public sector prisons is irresponsible when the prison population remains high and overcrowding is widespread, the Public and Commercial Services union says in a press release...

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PCS members taking action in Plymouth, 30.11.12, photo by Steve Merritt

30 November 2012

Major turnout for PCS demos in Plymouth

Friday 30th November has seen an overwhelming response from PCS members, who aren't prepared to accept attacks on terms & conditions and union allocation time

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19 September 2012

All forces to the point of attack against austerity

Editorial of the Socialist A rage is building up. How can it be any other way? Every aspect of our lives is under threat - and the people attacking us, the pro-big business politicians, the bosses and the right-wing media, are sitting pretty

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