Magazine article Public Finance

PCS Industrial Action Could Target Town Hall Elections

Magazine article Public Finance

PCS Industrial Action Could Target Town Hall Elections

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A likely national strike by civil servants could spill over Into the local government arena, with Whitehall's largest trade union this week threatening to disrupt May's local elections.

The Public and Commercial Services union, which has balloted 280,000 members over walkouts in response to central government job cuts, has threatened to undermine candidates supporting Whitehall's reform plans.

The attempt to influence the May vote is one of many forms of ectlon that couM follow the PCS's likely strike on January 31.

The union's formal ballot results will be announced on January 23. But PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka has already threatened a campaign of 'innovative' industrial action beyond the planned strike date.

Serwotka told Public Finance: 'We're a politically unafflliated union, but will be encouraging our members not to back candidates for May's elections unless they address public servants' concerns locally. …

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