PCS

Support the rail, post, and benefits strikes!

With rail strikes crippling train services in the south-east and set to spread, a strike brewing in Consignia (the new name for the postal service) and national strikes by benefits workers, people have been talking about a new "winter of discontent".

The name "winter of discontent" refers to strikes in 1978/9 against the last Labour government (1974-79). Elected after an incredible wave of working class militancy brought down Ted Heath's Tories, the Wilson-Callaghan government failed to deliver for workers.

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We need united action for decent pensions

By a PCS member

Research published by J P Morgan Fleming in May 2004 revealed that nearly two-thirds of the UK's top pension funds have closed their final salary pension schemes to new members. According to the TUC these closures have already saved employers £4 billion in contributions.

In one of the most recent developments, RMT members working for Network Rail have voted to strike over the closure of their final salary pension scheme to new staff. Quite obviously, once a company has succeeded in dividing workers in this way there is every temptation on greedy bosses to attack the relatively "privileged" existing scheme members - worsening the accrual rate, increasing the retirement age and so on. And there have been a large number of strikes in many companies over this issue.

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PCS: left must step up the fight

By a Civil Servant

The Democracy slate (made up of Left Unity and the PCS Democrats) has won the National Executive Committee elections in the PCS for the second year running.

In response to this victory the union's hard right-wing group, the Moderates, have split. One faction of the Moderates have joined up with right wingers in the Inland Revenue to form yet another grouping in the union!

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Defend civil service union rep!

By a civil servant

An important battle to defend trade union rights and stop the victimisation of a trade union rep is shaping up in the Department of Work and Pensions.

Charlie MacDonald is a trade union rep in the Stratford social security office in London. In the recent past complaints have been made against him, complaints which relate to incidents that occurred at the beginning of the year during a strike in the DWP. Why have these complaints only just been made? The union, the PCS, feels that they can only be the basis of a concerted attempt by management to get rid of Charlie.

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Unions unite to defend jobs!

"Carnage for the public services"
Mark Serwotka, PCS union General Secretary



By a civil servant



On Monday 12 July Gordon Brown announced the axing of 100,000 civil service jobs. Just like that. It is a job cut programme on a par with the butchery that was done to the mining industry in the last twenty years.

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Civil Service: Vote “yes” to action!

By a civil servant


Civil servants should vote “yes” in the ballots being conducted up to 22 October by the PCS trade union for a strike on 5 November. We are facing serious attacks by a ruthless government that plans:

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PCS debates action after 5 November

The national strike called by PCS on the 5 November was solid, with about 200,000 staff were on strike. Encouraging report backs show a high level of picketing across the country and that all the rallies were well attended.

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