CIVIL SERVICE: PCS has, for all practical purposes, announced the end of its national pay campaign.
The decisions by the PCS civil service union and the National Union of Teachers not to strike over pay in November mark a setback.
This is the full text of the PCS leadership's explanation to union reps of why the 10 November strike was called off.
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.
In November 2004 PCS members struck in support of six demands, including national pay. Yet pay never featured in the propaganda for the dispute.
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.
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.
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 (civil service union) strike planned for 10 November has been called off. More details and comments later.
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-->