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PCS Makes Public Sector Reforms an Election Issue

Magazine article Public Finance

PCS Makes Public Sector Reforms an Election Issue

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Whitehall's largest trade union this week intensified its battle against the government's civil service reform agenda by asking hundreds of local councillors for their views on the controversial proposals in advance of next month's town hall elections.

The Public and Commercial Services union, which represents more than 300,000 public servants nationally, aims to expose the levels of support and opposition to its campaign among town hall candidates by publishing the responses to key questions in advance of the votes in England, Scotland and Wales on May 3.

The union, which is also planning a second national strike by government staff before the local authority elections, aims to influence voters by exposing candidates who back the government's reforms in areas where job cuts, or service changes, have been earmarked. …

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