EPSU fully supports the one-day strike on 5 November against the announced 100, 000 job cuts in the public sector. At a time when the UK needs more and better public services not less, the massive job cuts in civil service are nonsensical both in social and economic terms.
Support for PCS one-day strike on 5 November
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