Over 100,000 civil workers to strike across the UK

Over 100,000 civil workers to strike across the UK.
Over 100,000 civil workers to strike across the UK. Photo by CLive Chilvers / Shutterstock.com

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has announced a one-day strike scheduled for February 1, over jobs, pay and conditions

PCS union has announced that over 100,000 civil servants in the UK will join a one-day strike.  

According to a report by the Guardian on Wednesday, January 11, workers from over 124 government departments will take action, “with a further 33,000 balloting again on joining strike action from five more departments including HMRC”.  

The action is being called the largest civil service strike after several years and is being planned with an aim to step up the month-long strike over pay, redundancy, pensions and job security.  

So far the strikes have been organised by PCS members, Border Force and the DVLA, but more departments are expected to join the strike in February.  

Meanwhile, another meeting has been called between the government and civil service unions. Members of PCS, Prospect and the FDA, for senior civil servants will meet the cabinet office minister on Thursday to try and avoid further strikes.  

A statement cited in the report by Mark Serwotka, the PCS general secretary said, “ministers would need to come up with an offer of more money if they were to avert strike action.  

“During the last month, when thousands of PCS members across a range of departments took sustained industrial action, the government said it had no money”, he added.  

Serwotka also said, “I am meeting with the minister for the Cabinet Office, Jeremy Quin, on Thursday, if he puts some money on the table there is a chance this dispute can be resolved”

“If he doesn’t, then he’ll see public services from benefits to driving tests, from passports to driving licences, from ports to airports affected by industrial action on 1 February”.

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