21 July 2012
UPDATED: 24 July
Around 17,000 members of the PCS civil service union in the Home Office are set to strike on Thursday 26 July over plans to cut thousands of jobs and privatise services – and they have got the government rattled.
The strike will hit border control and other key services on the day before the Olympics.
Ministers are now seeking a high court injunction to block the strike. But the PCS union has said it will ‘robustly defend’ any legal challenge.
PCS members are also facing pay cuts and attacks on conditions – as well as the assault on public sector pensions.
These attacks are all part of the austerity squeeze on the public sector. PCS members are fighting back in several sectors. They are balloting for action at HMRC and in DWP call centres.
Another 1,500 PCS members working for Atos on government IT and NHS healthcare contracts are balloting – and PCS members at the National Gallery in London will walk out for two hours on Friday 27 July.
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PCS general secreatry Mark Serwotka says:
The government has escalated matters recently by issuing compulsory redundancy notices to passport staff… just days before offering overtime to those that remain.
The threat of strikes by the Home Office PCS members has got the government seriously rattled.
Ministers have previously been recalcitrant over the long-running dispute and have refused two negitiate. Civil service bosses have even sacked two PCS reps who spoke
But now ministers are jumping up and down and screaming about the PCS action on every media outlet. It is the impending strike action that has forced them to sit up and take notice.