Over 100000 civil workers in the UK vote to strike

Over 100000 civil workers in the UK vote to strike
Over 100000 civil workers in the UK vote to strike. Image: Eric Crama/Shutterstock.com

Strike planned for better pay and condition after government announced 91,000 job cuts.

Civil workers working across various different departments in the UK announced that they have voted to strike, demanding better salary and pensions as well as job security with no cuts to redundancy terms.  The announcement was made by the Public and Commercial services Union (PCS), who represent workers from various department of the British government.  

According to a report in the BBC on Friday, November 11, the decision to strike was concluded after a vote by the PCS, which resulted in over 86.2% workers voting to protest and demand industrial action. Over 100,000 workers have decided to take part in the strike, which could potentially bring work in the government departments to a complete standstill.  

“Our members have spoken and if the government fails to listen to them, we’ll have no option than to launch a prolonged programme of industrial action reaching into every corner of public life”, said Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary, in a statement according to the report.  

He further added that the members of PCS have decided to launch a “prolonged programme of industrial action”, if the government fails to act, that will affect every corner of the public life in the country.  

The decision to protest also comes after the UK government recently decided to cut over 91,000 civil servant jobs across the country. Aside from this, the government also announced to cut redundancy pay by over 25%.  

According to the report, the PCS have stated that they will be announcing further details on November 18, in case no substantial proposals are given by the government.

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