Department for Work and Pensions could see more strike action

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has raised the prospect of more strikes in Whitehall departments with the demand of a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies.

About 40,000 jobs have already been lost in the past two years and thousands more are set to go across Whitehall, including the Department for Work and Pensions.

The PCS has campaigned strongly against the job cuts, but is now shifting its focus to redundancy plans, revealed Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the union

Speaking at the PCS annual conference in Brighton, he said: “The strategy will mean building a campaign across the whole union and, if necessary, considering a national ballot for action later in the year.”

Serwotka attacked the government for “blaming” failures on its own workforce.

“The scapegoating by the government of hard working civil servants who are battered by job cuts and bruised by privatisation is disgraceful,” he said.

“It is time they took responsibility for their policy of devastating job cuts which has created chaos in service delivery and caused the morale of dedicated civil servants to plummet.”


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