Civil servants to join teachers in strike over pay

More than 100,000 civil servants are set to strike on the same day as teachers in a continuing row over low pay.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), working across 10 government departments and agencies, will walk out at the same time as teachers and lecturers on 24 April.

The protests are a result of the government’s policy to cap public sector pay to below inflation which, the union claims, will mean cuts to living standards across the Civil Service.

Workers including driving examiners, immigration staff, jobcentre and benefits staff will all be taking part in the action.

Last month staff at the Department for Work and Pensions held a 48-hour strike in protest at a three-year pay offer that fell below expectations.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “The government is alienating its own workforce by driving down the pay of some of the lowest paid in the public sector with a policy of below inflation pay caps and pay freezes.

“Unless the government changes direction and agrees to seriously tackle low pay, then 24 April will see over 100,000 civil and public servants coming together to demand the fair deal they deserve.”

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