Civil servants to join public sector strike on 10 July over pay
Public and Commercial Services Union will take part in huge day of action alongside teachers and local government workers.
Civil servants are to join a huge public sector strike over pay next week after voting to support industrial action.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) voted by 3-1 in favour of stoppages and will take part in the day of action on 10 July.
Local government workers and teachers have already announced plans to strike on 10 July, which is expected to be the biggest walkout over pay faced by the government since it came to office.
The PCS has an industrial action mandate covering pay, pensions, jobs and privatisation but three in four voted in favour of further strikes in a consultative ballot.
Alongside any action co-ordinated with other unions, PCS is also planning a campaign of sustained targeted industrial action across thecivil service and is launching a voluntary levy of its members to build up a fighting fund.
The decision to join the strike follows the crisis in the Passport Office, which the union said showed what happens when jobs are cut and offices closed in the name of austerity.
A pay calculator on the union’s website shows the government’s pay and pension policies have cut earnings up to 20% in real terms over the course of a pay freeze and cap.
The PCS general secretary, Mark Serwotka, said: “Ministers praise public servants for their hard work and dedication but at the same time they are slashing their living standards. Instead of warm words, public sector workers need a pay rise.
“As politicians of all parties justify pay cuts by repeating the lie that there’s no money around, and household incomes fall to their lowest for more than a decade, it is clear the so-called economic recovery is not being felt by everyone.”