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270,000 PCS workers to strike tomorrow

March 7, 2010

270,000 civil servants will strike tomorrow over government plans to slash the civil service compensation scheme – the amount awarded in redundancy payments. This is a precursor to massive planned cuts across the entire public sector.

The main picket lines in Brighton are Monday and Tuesday 7.30am – 9.30am at Brighton Job Centre, Edward Street. Supporters of the Brighton Benefits Campaign will be in attendance to show support from benefits claimants and resist attempts to pit claimants and Job Centre staff against each other.

There will be 30 workers on strike at the Crown Prosecution Service on Dyke Rd. Click here for map. There should also be a picket at Upper North St Tax Office (just up Dyke Rd from the clocktower). There will be a strike rally at 11.30am Monday 8th march at the Brighthelm centre.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Claire permalink
    March 8, 2010 10:01 am

    Well as someone who used to work within the civil service I understand that the want quite a few rights more than what they have. HOwever as I am now in receipt of sickness benefits long term, I really hope that this strike does not affect my money coming in as I rely on this pttance I receive. This may sound selfish but I really want to know, there is a lack of information regarding the strike in the local area.

  2. Joseph Kay permalink*
    March 8, 2010 10:30 am

    Hey Claire, I hope the strikes don’t disrupt your benefits (they shouldn’t, I’d be surprised if they didn’t pay benefits to people who couldn’t sign on as the staff were out).

    There’s not a lot of information about the strike, but it’s about cuts to the civil service compensation scheme – redundancy payments. This will apparently ‘save money’, but that’s only true if they’re planning layoffs. Coupled with the attempts to push people off sick pay back into work, and as someone who’s out of work myself I think claimants and public sector workers have a common interest in fighting the cuts.


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