Public sector pay battle 2007-8

PCS leaders' explanation for calling off the 10 November strike

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A PCS activist

This is the full text of the PCS leadership's explanation to union reps of why the 10 November strike was called off.

PCS suspends national industrial action over pay

The PCS national executive committee met this morning and following their receipt of a letter from Sir Gus O'Donnell, head of the home civil service, have decided to suspend the industrial action planned from Monday 10 November and the overtime ban proposed to commence on Tuesday 11 November.

Full text of the PCS leadership's explanation to union reps of why the 10 November strike was called off.

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The SWP in PCS

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A PCS activist

The Socialist Workers Party has three members on the NEC as part of the Left Unity slate – Sue Bond, one of the National Vice Presidents, Andy Reid, and Paul Williams.

Paul Williams is a serious trade union militant who AWL supporters suspect was placed on the NEC slate to stiffen the backbone of the SWP NEC members (for instance the then SWP NEC members, including Sue Bond, had supported the calling off the planned jobs, pay and pensions strike in 2005).

SWP’s PCS members have pretty much supported the approach of the NEC to national pay and other big issues throughout the years Left Unity has controlled PCS

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PCS leaders' record on action for national pay

In November 2004 PCS members struck in support of six demands, including national pay. Yet pay never featured in the propaganda for the dispute.

Similarly, in 2005, members were balloted on a number of demands – including jobs and pay - but were then told the planned strike, called off for the “two tier” pensions deal, was really only ever about pensions (and frankly pay again did not really feature in the membership bulletins).

The PCS leaders have form in calling off action without anything being offered by the employer.

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PCS leaders' record on national pay negotiations

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A PCS activist

In 2005 the PCS leadership said, “We have persuaded the Government to introduce a fairer, more coherent pay system…” It was typical of the spin that has come to characterise the PCS’s would-be Marxist leadership.

In 2005 the PCS leadership said, “We have persuaded the Government to introduce a fairer, more coherent pay system…” It was typical of the spin that has come to characterise the PCS’s would-be Marxist leadership.

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The politics of the PCS's dispute over national civil service pay

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A PCS activist

The PCS national dispute is a necessary strike against a gratuitous government pay policy that is squeezing public sector workers at a time of sharply rising costs. It is a fight we have to win if civil servants are not to have their living standards slashed this year and in coming years.

It is impossible to speak of the civil service without speaking about low pay, inequality within and without that employment sector, inflation, the struggle to keep going, and the privatisation and regressive taxation policies of the government.

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PCS backdown was a mistake

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A PCS activist

The PCS National Executive Committee's decision to "suspend" the national civil service one day strike planned for Monday 10 November is at best a dreadful mistake. Or it may be a prelude to abandoning the action, possibly on the pretext of some relatively minor concession.

The PCS Executive's decision to "suspend" the strike planned for Monday 10 November is a dreadful mistake - if not a prelude to abandoning the action, possibly on the pretext of some relatively minor concession.

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No strike on pay: where now for the NUT?

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Gerry Bates

In the ballot for strike action on pay by the National Union of Teachers, which closed on 3 November, 51.7% voted yes, on a turnout of 29.7%. The NUT Executive on 5 November decided to call no action.

In the ballot for strike action on pay by the National Union of Teachers, which closed on 3 November, 51.7% voted yes, on a turnout of 29.7%. The NUT Exec has decided to call no action. Why did this happen and what now?

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Civil service and teachers

The PCS civil service union has called a strike for 10 November, and the teachers’ union NUT will announce the result of its strike ballot on 3 November.<--break-->

The PCS civil service union has called a strike for 10 November, and the teachers' union NUT will announce the result of its strike ballot on 3 November.

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Scottish local government strike called off

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Dale Street

On 20th August and 24th September local authorities throughout Scotland were shut down by 24-hour strikes jointly staged by UNISON, UNITE and the GMB. In some parts of Scotland support for the second day of strike action, and the numbers turning out for picketing, were higher on the second day of strike action than on the first.

The strikes had been triggered by an offer of a three-year pay deal from the local authority employers (COSLA) amounting to just 2.5% a year for the next three years. This was subsequently increased to an offer of a one-year deal of 2.5%.

Local authority unions in Scotland have called off a planned campaign of strike action in response to a new pay offer from the employers – a pay offer which is even worse than the one which it replaces.

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PCS and NUT may strike on different days

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Martin Thomas

Unbelievably, it looks as if the pay strikes by civil servants (PCS) and teachers (NUT) in November could be on different days.

The NUT's ballot begins on 6 October, and the PCS's on 24 September. Under the current laws, a ballot mandate for industrial action has to be activated within 28 days, or it lapses; at the same time, however, there's a minimum time (notice to the employer, and so on) between a union getting a ballot mandate and organising a strike.

Unbelievably, it looks as if the pay strikes by civil servants (PCS) and teachers (NUT) in November could be on different days. Activists in the two unions are pressing the leaderships to seek modifications and workarounds to get the action synchronised.

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