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20 March: PCS calls budget-day strike
Defend pay, pensions and conditions
A PCS member
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.
Over the next three months, the union's 260,000 members will be taking up to three days of action, which will include everything from half-day walkouts, targeted group action, to short of strike action with the intention of having maximum disruption for the employer.
This is kicking off with a one-day national strike on 20 March to coincide with budget day, a budget which will undoubtedly mean more austerity and misery for the working class.
The average PCS member has lost roughly 17% of their pay in real terms over the last decade. This is on top of the attacks to public sector pensions.
Now the government has proposed changes to civil service terms and conditions that include cuts to annual leave and a more draconian performance management procedure, among a range of other detrimental changes.
As we have seen across the public sector, these changes are part of a long-term process, led by the Cabinet Office and the Con-Dem coalition to prepare the civil service for privatisation.
The PCS, led by a fighting left leadership, is refusing to bow down to attempts to make its members pay for the ideological cuts driven by a cabinet of millionaires.
PCS is calling on other unions to join them to say no to all cuts and defend workers' conditions and public services.
South East Region of the TUC conference: "Resisting Austerity in Europe and the UK" Saturday 16 March
- International crisis, international resistance: Speakers include Paul Murphy MEP Ireland
- Austerity in Britain: Speakers include John McInally PCS
- How trade unions can fight austerity: Speakers include Matt Wrack FBU, Joe Simpson POA, Max Hyde NUT, Paul Moffatt CWU, Gail Cartmail Unite, and speakers from Unison, UK UnCut. Chair Martin Powell-Davies
More details and registration: Joanne Adams email@example.com 020 7467 1218
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