20 March 2013
250,000 civil servants in the PCS struck today, Wednesday, against government attacks on their pay, pensions and terms & conditions. On the day that Tory Chancellor George Osborne announced far reaching cuts PCS members showed what they thought of his budget, his government and their attacks on working people.
The strike was solid across the country with picket lines across every town and city. Strike rallies were well attended.
PCS national president Janice Godrich said “Reports show this strike has been one of the best supported ever, by members and the public.”
There have been unprecedented levels of solidarity from the public and other trade unionists, with picket line visits and speakers at strike rallies.
Following the success of today’s strike the PCS has launched a programme of action to run for the next 3 months.
The next action called by the PCS is a half day walkout on Friday 5th April. Union activists will be going all out to make this a success.
There will be an overtime ban, other protests and campaigns.
Mark Serwotka has called for other unions to join the PCS in coordinated strike action on Wednesday 26th June when George Osborne announces his Comprehensive Spending Review. Unite the Resistance supports this call and encourages every activist to campaign for the coordinated action we need to defeat this government of the rich.
Pictures from the pickets and rallies