Magazine article Public Finance

PCS Civil Servants Set to Strike over Below-Inflation Pay Rises

Magazine article Public Finance

PCS Civil Servants Set to Strike over Below-Inflation Pay Rises

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A ballot of civil servants was expected to show a vote in favour of strike action as union bosses contrasted low public sector pay rises with the government s £500bn bail-out of the banks.

The result of the strike ballot of 270,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services union was due to be released on October 16, with the unions executive meeting next week to decide on a programme of action. The PCS is expected to begin with national civil service- wide strikes and then roll action across different sectors.

Figures published on October 14 showed that the consumer price index - the government s preferred inflation measure - had risen to 5.2% in September, which added to the unrest among public sector workers.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told a meeting of the Left Economic Advisory Panel at the House of Commons on October 13: "The government pay freeze will not only exacerbate poverty, it will hold down saving and retail spending. …

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