Cleaning workers at St. George’s Hospital have won the London Living Wage, as well as pushing back bosses’ plans for job losses and cuts.
Delegates gathered in Brighton from 23-25 May for the annual conference of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS).
Workers at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) kicked off a month of action with a walkout on Friday 1 June, as they attempt to resist the closure of 39 DVLA offices.
As PCS convenes this week (23-24 May) in Brighton for their annual conference, delegates will be be expected to vote on a wide range of issues, including some international ones.
A famous politician once said: “You must be able at each particular moment to find the particular link in the chain which you must grasp with all your might in order to hold the whole chain and to prepare firmly for the transition to the next link”.
On Thursday 10 May the executive of the National Union of Teachers voted for a recommendation from general secretary Christine Blower and deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney: "That in the light of the responses to the survey of divisional secretaries and in the light of the positive work with the NASUWT the union should not proceed with a one day strike in June".
On 10 May the PCS civil service union is striking against the government’s “work longer, pay more, get less” changes to public sector pensions.
The precise extent of the public sector pensions strike on 10 May remains unclear, as some unions are pushing the day as a mere “day of action”, while others emphasise walkouts and pickets.