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20 August 2018
The dispute within the left of Britain's largest civil service union raises key issues for the whole labour movement. Above all, the need for democratic, lay-member control of fighting trade unions.
18 October 2011
November 30 and beyond
The one-day public-sector strike on 30 November is expected to involve nearly four million workers - the biggest single day of industrial action in Britain's history, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.
6 July 2011
The 30 June coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions was a historic event
15 September 2009
ALL OF Britain's capitalist politicians aim to tackle the economic crisis of recession and public-sector debt by hitting out at vital public services and public-sector workers.
But who caused and worsened the present recession and massive public debt?
7 July 2009
THE BATTLE lines are being drawn in the public sector. Chancellor Alistair Darling has warned of a 'tight squeeze' on the pay of six million public sector workers. Nancy Taaffe, a trade union activist in Waltham Forest, says it is time to fight back.
21 October 2008
Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members across all government departments have voted to take strike action against the government's imposed 2% pay rise maximum, writes Bill Mullins.
15 October 2008
The growing insecurity of Unison's ruling right wing clique became visible at the national executive council (NEC) meeting on 8 October...
8 October 2008
"WE CAN'T back down now," one young teacher told a recent National Union of Teachers (NUT) meeting in Lewisham, writes Martin Powell-Davies, secretary Lewisham NUT.
2 October 2008
Not long ago, Unison was leading the charge at the TUC for a united campaign of the public-sector unions against the government's pay freeze, writes a London Unison local government member.
9 July 2008
PROOF THAT the government is holding down public sector wage settlements below the rate of inflation - ie pay cuts - is provided by a report from the Incomes Data Services...
2 July 2008
AROUND 30 people attended a meeting organised by Cambridge TUC entitled 'Together we can beat Brown's pay freeze'. The speakers were Christine Blower, acting general secretary of the NUT and PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka...
11 June 2008
At the rally for the national TUC lobby of Parliament on public-sector pay on 9 June, the loudest applause was given to those general secretaries who called on unions to coordinate industrial action on pay across the public sector to increase our pressure on the New Labour government, writes Katrine Williams, PCS DWP Wales secretary, personal capacity.
11 June 2008
Since New Labour came to power in 1997 the wealth of the richest 1,000 people in Britain has quadrupled to £412 billion. Last month it was reported that bankers and financiers had taken a record £12.6 billion in bonuses alone so far this year...
3 June 2008
Time to fight back, time to organise: Millions of public-sector workers have had their pay frozen when real inflation is rocketing, writes Rob Williams, Unite convenor, Swansea Visteon plant, personal capacity.
28 May 2008
CREDIT CRUNCH hitting wages and prices? Not true for City of London fat cats who have been awarded bonuses totalling £13.2 billion so far this year.
28 May 2008
PCS workers on strike, photo Paul Mattsson
This year's conference of the civil service union PCS was a resounding success, writes Bill Mullins, Socialist Party industrial organiser.
21 May 2008
SCHOOL STUDENTS have been leading the fight against education cuts in France, writes Manny Thain.
21 May 2008
Trade Unions have been reading their own obituaries since workers first combined, writes Chris Baugh, Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) assistant general secretary, personal capacity.
21 May 2008
Workers' anger at Gordon Brown's attempts to force down public-sector pay is growing...
14 May 2008
Left Unity by itself has an overall majority on the national executive - an endorsement of the left's leadership in the face of the government's cuts and privatisation programme, writes Janice Godrich, PCS president, personal capacity.
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