Civil service union plans new campaign on pay and jobs

U.K.

The PCS trade union is set to launch a ballot for industrial action on 18 March as a first step in a renewed campaign around pay, jobs and working conditions. The union has around 150,000 members in over 200 bargaining units across the civil service and has been successful in recent years in securing support for targeted strike action despite the strict UK ballot rules covering public services. The ballot will close on 13 May and there will be a special meeting of the PCS national executive on 15 May to consider the results. The union’s key demands include: a cost-of-living rise, with an inflation-proofed increase plus pay restoration; pay equality across departments; a living wage of £15 (€17.50) per hour; London weighting provision of a minimum £5,000 (€5,845) per year; 35 days’ annual leave minimum; and a significant shortening of the working week with no loss of pay.

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