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20 August 2018

PCS: the real issues at stake

The dispute within the left of Britain's largest civil service union raises key issues for the whole labour movement. Above all, the need for democratic, lay-member control of fighting trade unions.

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Socialism Today cover - Preparing for a showdown

Socialism Today, Nov 2011

18 October 2011

Preparing for the showdown

November 30 and beyond
The one-day public-sector strike on 30 November is expected to involve nearly four million workers - the biggest single day of industrial action in Britain's history, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

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6 July 2011

30 June pension strike reports

The 30 June coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions was a historic event

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TUC rally in Westminster against cuts in public spending, photo by Paul Mattsson

15 September 2009

No to cuts in jobs and services

ALL OF Britain's capitalist politicians aim to tackle the economic crisis of recession and public-sector debt by hitting out at vital public services and public-sector workers.

But who caused and worsened the present recession and massive public debt?

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Scotland council workers strike, photo International Socialists

Scotland council workers strike, photo International Socialists

7 July 2009

Action now to defend public sector

THE BATTLE lines are being drawn in the public sector. Chancellor Alistair Darling has warned of a 'tight squeeze' on the pay of six million public sector workers. Nancy Taaffe, a trade union activist in Waltham Forest, says it is time to fight back.

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21 October 2008

PCS members vote to strike

Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members across all government departments have voted to take strike action against the government's imposed 2% pay rise maximum, writes Bill Mullins.

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15 October 2008

Unison right-wing insecurity begins to show

The growing insecurity of Unison's ruling right wing clique became visible at the national executive council (NEC) meeting on 8 October...

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8 October 2008

NUT strike ballot: Action on pay can win

"WE CAN'T back down now," one young teacher told a recent National Union of Teachers (NUT) meeting in Lewisham, writes Martin Powell-Davies, secretary Lewisham NUT.

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2 October 2008

Unison goes to arbitration - a strategy or surrender?

Not long ago, Unison was leading the charge at the TUC for a united campaign of the public-sector unions against the government's pay freeze, writes a London Unison local government member.

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9 July 2008

Government lies on public-sector pay

PROOF THAT the government is holding down public sector wage settlements below the rate of inflation - ie pay cuts - is provided by a report from the Incomes Data Services...

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2 July 2008

Workers united against pay freeze

AROUND 30 people attended a meeting organised by Cambridge TUC entitled 'Together we can beat Brown's pay freeze'. The speakers were Christine Blower, acting general secretary of the NUT and PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka...

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11 June 2008

Come to the Campaign for a New Workers' Party Conference

At the rally for the national TUC lobby of Parliament on public-sector pay on 9 June, the loudest applause was given to those general secretaries who called on unions to coordinate industrial action on pay across the public sector to increase our pressure on the New Labour government, writes Katrine Williams, PCS DWP Wales secretary, personal capacity.

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11 June 2008

Organise to fight the public-sector pay robbery

Since New Labour came to power in 1997 the wealth of the richest 1,000 people in Britain has quadrupled to 412 billion. Last month it was reported that bankers and financiers had taken a record 12.6 billion in bonuses alone so far this year...

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3 June 2008

Come to the national shop stewards network conference

Time to fight back, time to organise: Millions of public-sector workers have had their pay frozen when real inflation is rocketing, writes Rob Williams, Unite convenor, Swansea Visteon plant, personal capacity.

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28 May 2008

Them & Us

CREDIT CRUNCH hitting wages and prices? Not true for City of London fat cats who have been awarded bonuses totalling 13.2 billion so far this year.

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28 May 2008

PCS conference: More battles ahead on pay and jobs

PCS workers on strike, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS workers on strike, photo Paul Mattsson

This year's conference of the civil service union PCS was a resounding success, writes Bill Mullins, Socialist Party industrial organiser.

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21 May 2008

France: Workers and youth resist Sarkozy's attacks

SCHOOL STUDENTS have been leading the fight against education cuts in France, writes Manny Thain.

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21 May 2008

Reasons to be cheerful about the trade unions

Trade Unions have been reading their own obituaries since workers first combined, writes Chris Baugh, Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) assistant general secretary, personal capacity.

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21 May 2008

Public-sector workers say pay up!

Workers' anger at Gordon Brown's attempts to force down public-sector pay is growing...

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14 May 2008

Left wins in PCS executive elections

Left Unity by itself has an overall majority on the national executive - an endorsement of the left's leadership in the face of the government's cuts and privatisation programme, writes Janice Godrich, PCS president, personal capacity.

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