Civil servants with PCS union to strike on Budget day
For the last 3 years we've seen civil servants striking on budget day which this year falls on March 20th when Chancellor George Osborne presents the Budget to Parliament.
With deteriorating public services which are already causing annoyance to the public, especially in the state of the poorly maintained road network, further disruption could see the unions falling fowl of any sympathy as the government's couldn't care less attitude towards everything continues with sweeping cuts targeting different parts of the civil service and public services.
Three years of striking has got the unions and public nowhere. Perhaps its time for a change of tactics, time for more positive actions, time to recruit working class members into the mainstream political parties to run as MP's ready for the next general election..........
Other forms of disruptive industrial action short of a strike will also be held, and the PCS said it will seek to co-ordination with other unions on pay and pensions.
Union officials will meet weekly during the industrial action campaign to track progress and decide tactics, with decisions on a second phase taken after the PCS’s annual conference in mid-May.
Members at the department for education will stage a two-hour strike tomorrow afternoon in protest at planned job cuts.
The union’s general secretary, Mark Serwotka, said: ‘This is not a one-day protest, this is the start of a rolling programme of walkouts and disruptive action to put pressure on a government that is refusing to talk to us.
A cabinet office spokesman said: ‘It is disappointing that, yet again, the PCS insist on pushing for futile action which benefits no-one, and damages the services they deliver to the public.
‘The government took the tough decision to freeze public sector pay for two years, while protecting those earning under £21,000 by increasing their pay by at least £250 per year. Pay restraint has helped to protect jobs in the public sector and support high- quality public services.