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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 September 2008
PCS pay ballot begins
270,000 PCS members will soon be voting in a ballot for a national civil service-wide one-day strike over pay. Action planned also includes a rolling programme of targeted strike and other action after the first strike, probably in November. PCS is also planning to co-ordinate with other unions taking action then, such as the NUT.
The ballot goes on until 17 October.
UCU members in further education are considering balloting for industrial action after being offered a 3.2% pay rise from 1 October. The union's further education committee are recommending an industrial action ballot at a special conference on 20 September. The action would be co-ordinated with the NUT and "any other unions fighting the government's pay freeze".
Unison members in further education have accepted the offer.
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In The Socialist 17 September 2008:
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Socialist Party editorial
Capitalist crisis - Karl Marx was right
No to racism: Yes to decent jobs, homes & services!
Socialist Party campaigns
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Conflict in Georgia - independent position needed
Brown's feeble fuel package
Labour Party conference protest
Protest at war and occupation
Welcome to the real Manchester
Fighting city needs a fighting party
Panicky MPs turn on Labour
Privatisation and closure
No to post office closures
Protesters tackle Metro privatisation
Socialist Party feature
Middle East: End imperialist aggression!
Socialist Party workplace news
London bus strike: "Showing them our power"
Pickets cheer in West London
Ford workers meet to defend jobs
Journalists win union recognition victory
2008 Trades Union Congress: Pressure from below begins to show
Swansea rail workers fighting for a living wage
International socialist news and analysis
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Scotland: Tactical questions for local government pay battle
Socialist Party review
'Bob Marley' reviewed by Jason Toynbee
The Socialist 17 September 2008 |
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