PCS members in Scotland take staggered action across the government

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Public (PSI), PCS, UK unions,

pcs flagPCS members in the Scottish government sector today begin six days’  strike action over pay.

The union says its members are suffering because on-going pay freezes and capped rises have seen their purchasing power decrease by approximately 20% since 2010.

13% of members who responded to a recent survey reported debts of over £10,000, some have second jobs to make ends meet and shockingly, some Scottish government staff have had to turn to foodbanks.

PCS Scottish secretary Lynn Henderson said: “It is appalling that civil servants delivering directly to Scottish Ministers are reporting such harrowing personal financial circumstances.

“There is hard evidence to show that public sector workers can no longer bear the burden of austerity cuts, and PCS members across Scottish devolved employers including Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament are taking strike action this week to demand from Scottish Ministers and our employers an end to the Scottish public sector pay squeeze.”

The action starts today with Scottish Government workers. Tomorrow PCS members in the Scottish Parliament, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Audit Scotland and Scottish Public Services Ombudsman will walk out.

Members in the culture sector, including national museums, galleries, VisitScotland and sportscotland will be taking action on Friday and members in the justice sector will be striking on Monday 26 January.

 


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