The executive of the civil service union PCS has decided on a further "consultative ballot on national industrial action". The ballot started on 28 September and will close on 22 October. Local government workers in Unison will also ballot on strike action, against the 2.475% pay offer, from 5 October to 26 October.
Public sector pay battle 2007-8
CWU postal workers will strike again on 5-6 and 8-9 October in their dispute with Royal Mail over pay and over the bosses' drive to transform the industry radically, with large job cuts, on free-market lines.
On Tuesday 11 September the TUC Congress, the annual gathering of delegates from all Britain's unions, voted for united action by all the public sector unions to beat Gordon Brown's decree that public
Local government employers have upped their pay offer to trade unions in an attempt to stave off industrial action.
Health workers in Unison have decided to accept the current pay offer of a staged 2.5% deal by a margin of 2:1.
The leadership (NJC) of the local government sector of the public services union Unison has voted for a strike ballot over pay. The right wing has convened a special meeting of the Service Group Executive (a larger committee), probably for Thursday 13 September. It looks as if they will try to stall the ballot by demanding a "consultation" of members on the offer take place first.
By Janine Booth
Following Monday's debate on trade union freedom, the other biggy of TUC congress week was on Tuesday afternoon [12th], on public services and public sector pay.
If looks could kill... If "consultations" could crush, then civil service workers would already have a levelling-up of pay to across-the-service decent rates, and stopped the Government's drastic job cuts.
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Trade unionists in Luton are setting up a joint committee to organise solidarity with the postal workers and other disputes now developing.