16 January 2013
The National Executive of the Civil Service union PCS voted on Wednesday 16th January to ballot its 250,000 members for strike action after the government has refused to negotiate over cuts in pay, pensions and working conditions.
This comes after PCS members in the DWP voted to strike over plans to make 43 people compulsorily redundant, the first compulsory redundancies in the DWP.
The PCS says
“A plan announced in the autumn to review all civil service working conditions could lead to longer working hours and fewer family-friendly policies. The four-year pay freeze and cap, and increased pension contributions, would cut pay by 16% on average by 2014.”
The union is balloting from Friday 8th February to Monday 4th March.
This is the sort of response we need to a policy of austerity which continues to see attacks on pay and working conditions across the public and private sector. Every trade unionist should applaud the PCS decision and call for their own union to take a similar stand.