15 May 2013
The PCS national campaign over pay, pensions, job losses and attacks on terms and conditions continued this week with strikes in the civil service across Scotland and a one day strike today, Wednesday 15 May, in the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs.
The DEFRA strike was timed to coincide with the deadline for applications for European Union grants – a particularly busy time for the department.
In Scotland the strikes have hit various public buildings this week including museums, galleries and the Scottish parliament.
15 pickets at the Scottish Parliament were joined by 40 PCS members from across Edinburgh for a rally outside Parliament. John Finnie, Independent MSP visited the picket line and spoke at the rally stating ” the government has decided that public sector workers aren’t important. Profit seems to always come before people”.
Cheryl Gelding, PCS NEC member said, “This action is about pay, pensions and jobs. This campaign will go through the summer in all sections of the PCS. We want to be as disruptive as possible and are trying new tactics. We have always sought to involve other unions but when the attacks are on the scale they are, we are prepared to fight alone”.
Yesterday, Tuesday 14 May, up to 300 security staff who work for the Houses of Parliament struck in a dispute over imposed shift patterns.
Tomorrow, Thursday 16 May, PCS members at the British Library are set to strike to coincide with the launch of the new exhibition, “Propaganda: Power and Persuasion”. Join the picketlines from 6.30am-9.30am.