Union says yesterday’s strike action sent a strong message to the government that people will not accept pay freezes

Tim Lezard

Harlem ShakePCS strikers have filmed themselves dancing the Harlem Shake on a picket line.

The video, believed to star members of Bootle branch, appeared on YouTube last night. You can watch it here.

Tens of thousands of civil servants yesterday walked out over cuts to pay, pensions and working conditions. The union asked for talks but the government has refused to negotiate.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “What this strike shows is that PCS members are determined to show the government they will not be not forced to accept having their pay frozen, their terms and conditions slashed while the chancellor plots to increase the pain on the public sector with further cuts. The latest set of employment figures are the latest evidence that austerity isn’t working and there is an alternative to cutting the living standards of hard-working public servants create jobs and growth.

“We are calling for meaningful talks on fundamental issues surrounding pay and terms and conditions and we hope the government gets the message loud and clear.”

The action continues with a half-day national walkout on April 5th, and other national and sector-specific strikes and protests over the next three months.


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