Almost a quarter of a million civil servants will take part in 72 hours of action in the public sector with a strike on October 15th, the PCS has announced. The 24-hour walkout is being co-ordinated with industrial action by unions in the health servic …

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, PCS,

PCS logoRGBAlmost a quarter of a million civil servants will take part in 72 hours of action in the public sector with a strike on October 15th, the PCS has announced.

The 24-hour walkout is being co-ordinated with industrial action by unions in the health service on October 13th and in local government on October 14th, and comes ahead of the TUC’s Britain Needs a Pay Rise demo in London on October 18th.

The focus of the strikes is pay, with wages frozen for two years after 2010 and subsequently capped at 1%, and they follow the joint public sector strike on July 10th.

Since 2010, taking into account pay cuts, the increase in monthly pension contributions and inflation, many civil servants have suffered a 20% cut in their incomes, the union says.

It will include employees of Westminster government departments and agencies, and the Wales assembly, but not those who work in bodies under the jurisdiction of the Scottish government.

At the Labour party conference yesterday, the union launched a new report by tax expert Richard Murphy that shows tax evasion now deprives our public finances of £80 billion a year.

Collecting even a fraction of these stolen billions would change the debate about public spending overnight, the union says.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “These strikes show we are serious about bringing an end to pay cuts that have slashed the living standards of public servants while the super rich have been rewarded with tax cuts.

“Until we chase down the tax dodgers and invest properly in our communities and public services, the so-called economic recovery will only ever benefit millionaires, while the millions pay the price.”


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