Civil servants strike back

THE PAST week has seen a series of strikes by civil servants in various Government departments as part of the PCS’s threemonth civil service-wide campaign against imposed cuts to pay, pensions, jobs and working conditions.

On Thursday 30th May strikes at some of Britain’s most prestigious museums and galleries kick off a long weekend of action over imposed Government cuts.

Stoppages on Thursday included the National Gallery and Tate galleries in London and Liverpool. This was followed on Friday by walkouts from the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert museums in London; and National Museums Liverpool where strikers will be forming a human chain around one of the main sites.

Staff from a range of other Government departments and agencies also walked out on Friday, including the Land Registry, which was recently told it faces an increased threat of privatisation, and Department for Transport.

On Sunday the union’s members at English Heritage sites, including Stonehenge, were on strike.

On Wednesday 5th June PCS members employed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and staff from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the Midlands took strike action.

PCS says its members in the DWP are angry because:

In HMRC Government plans to close every HMRC public enquiry office with the loss of 1200 jobs and an essential service to the public.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “These strikes highlight the huge gap between the valuable work our members do and the contempt being shown to them by ministers who are imposing cuts and refusing to even talk to us.”