By a civil servant
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) is drawing up extensive plans to resist the threat of civil service job cuts.
The Chancellor Gordon Brown recently announced plans to cut up to 100,000 civil service jobs.
As a first stage in resisting this, the union has agreed in principle to organise a one-day, national civil service strike, to be held in late October or early November.
Further activities planned include:
* a lobby of Labour Party conference when it is held in the autumn.
* vigorous local campaigns of pressure on MPs, especially Labour MPs, with lobbies of MPs' surgeries, letter-writing campaigns to local press, etc.
* an information campaign targeted at MPs and the public to explain the impact that the job losses will have.
We have to make it clear to the public that when Gordon Brown wants to make job cuts, he does not plan to divert money spent in the backroom to frontline services, as he claims.
What is intended is old-fashioned job cuts, just like we had under the Tories.
The effects will be to deprive civil servants of secure jobs, create more work for those who keep their jobs, and reduce the quality of services to the public.