Public and Commercial Services Union members vote in favour of further Civil Service strike action

Civil servants have voted overwhelmingly for more industrial action, the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has announced.

Sixty-eight per cent of PCS members have voted in favour of the union’s proposals for national industrial action aimed at resolving the ongoing national dispute in the Civil Service and related bodies over job cuts, below inflation pay and privatisation.

The ballot, which involved up to 270,000 members working in more than 200 different government departments and agencies, voted for national strike action as a part of the union’s campaign, which has already seen two national one-day strikes this year.

The union’s National Executive Committee will meet tomorrow, 1 November, to consider the ballot result and to receive a report on the discussions currently taking place with Cabinet Office officials.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “The union’s NEC will be meeting tomorrow to consider the result in the context of discussions with the Cabinet Office. Civil service management and the government must be in no doubt of the determination of their own workforce to take action if necessary, to achieve a fair settlement over jobs, pay and conditions, and must now find added urgency in reaching an agreement with the union.”

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