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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 April 2007

Anger on Newport picket line

PCS REPS on the picket line in Newport expressed their anger at the imposed below-inflation pay increase.

Members working on the evening shift are losing their extra allowance for working unsocial hours so will have even more of a real pay cut.

One of the reps said she thought it was bad under Thatcher but this government is just as bad. She was due to get 172 increase in pay but the new tax changes announced in the budget mean that she will have to pay an extra 172.99 in tax so won't even get any pay increase at all!

This is at the same time that inflation is running at 4.4% and bills and cost of living are going up.

Whilst Passports and Defence PCS members were on strike, Gordon Brown is pushing to enforce further below-inflation pay restraint on all public-sector workers.

So we have a battle on our hands to fight for a decent pay increase for this year, as well as to increase the pressure on the government for a return to national pay scales.

Katrine Williams

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