The PCS National Executive Committee met today (Tuesday 23 September) to consider the next steps in our national dispute in the civil service and related bodies.
The NEC decided that a national strike will be called on Wednesday 15 October. The action will follow that by unions representing workers in the health service which have announced action on Monday 13 October, and by unions in local government which have announced a strike on 14 October so that there will be 3 consecutive days of strike action over pay in the public sector.
Strike action is a last resort, but the government introduced a 2-year pay freeze in 2010 and in recent years has imposed a 1% pay cap for all public sector workers.
The action on October 15 follows the well-supported day of action on 10 July when joint action took place with other public sector workers. Now we are stepping up the campaign with 72 hours of strike action in October aimed at securing a fair settlement.
The strike on October 15 will not include PCS members in Scotland working in bodies falling under the jurisdiction of Scottish Government ministers where we are working with colleagues in Unison Scotland to build for joint action aimed at tackling the Scottish pay gap.
More information will follow.