bfawuFBU Logo JPEGnapo logo2nujNEUlogo


The biggest strike ballot of the year is being launched today which could see potentially up to 150,000 workers walk out this summer.
Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) members across the civil service and related areas will be balloted until July 23rd with the union recommending a huge yes vote.
The union is seeking a strong mandate for strike action in order to negotiate a good pay rise for its members.

At the moment, ministers have kept in place a de-facto 1 percent pay cap for our members in key government departments whereas they have lifted the pay cap for NHS staff and some local government workers.
In recent talks cabinet office officials admitted to union negotiators that they were using 2015 spending budgets to calculate pay, meaning that only a 1 percent pay rise would be available to civil service staff, unless individual government departments found savings through job cuts and other ‘efficiencies.’
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Our members have been singled out amongst public sector workers. The de- facto one percent pay cap remains in place and we are absolutely disgusted at the government for misleading the union.
“Ministers gave us assurances earlier in the year that hard working government staff would be rewarded for all the issues they have had to face up to.
“Instead they are being offered a paltry one percent pay increase when they have had to cope with job cuts, Brexit and issues as difficult as Universal Credit and the Windrush scandal.”
Mr Serwotka went on to add that the union was balloting its members until July 23rd where it expects an overwhelming ‘Yes’ vote for action.
He added: “We will use the mandate we get from our members to press the government for a meaningful pay rise. But they should be in no doubt that if they fail to deliver the goods, we will deliver the biggest strike of the year in summer.
“Our members feel they have no other option left to them. We want a negotiated settlement but we are prepared for a period of sustained action if the government doesn’t offer its hardworking staff a meaningful pay rise.”
If strike action goes ahead, it will be the biggest walkout by the union since 2011 when it was involved in a pensions’ dispute.



cool it-218px



Trade Union news

livemarks   BFAWU  livemarks  PCS  livemarks   FBU 

livemarks  POA   livemarks  NAPO  livemarks    RMT 

livemarks  NUJ   livemarks   NUT   livemarks  URTU

Search the site


TheCostofLivingCrisis-jpeg 1

By MIchael Calderbank

Foreword by Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary


Buy now from www.radicalread.co.uk

Based on research commissioned by the TUCG, the book examines why costs have risen for all items of expenditure, ranging from housing and child care to food and transport. He makes practical proposals on how these costs can be reduced. He also delivers an uncompromising message to the leaders of all mainstream Westminster Parties: it is time to end the politics of austerity, an ideological project to cut the size of the state permanently.