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22 March 2017

End the seven-year public sector pay cap!

If the pay cap continues to the end of the decade, average civil service pay will fall in value by more than 20%

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28 September 2016

£46m spent on suspending public sector workers

Bosses in the public sector have spent £46 million suspending workers over the past three years.

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Picketing Hackney Town Hall on 10 July 2014, photo Paul Mattsson

16 July 2014

J10 strike success: Now build movement to end low pay

"Work should pay, not keep you in poverty." After the 10 July strike of over one million workers, no one could be in any doubt that low pay is a major issue in Britain

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10 July 2014

Reports from 10 July pickets and demonstrations

Public sector workers in nine different unions were out on strike in force - in a magnificent show of strength to demand an end to the pay freeze. Here are reports from some of the pickets and demonstrations during the course of the day

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Part the 2011 N30 London demo, photo Senan

11 June 2014

10 July: United action can beat austerity

Trade union members want action on the most basic demand of all: pay

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4 June 2014

"Enough is enough!" - 1.5m could strike over pay

On 10 July, 1.5 million public sector workers could be on strike against a derisory pay offer. The Unite, Unison, GMB, NUT and PCS unions could all be walking out together

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Marching on the 30 November public sector strike, photo Paul Mattsson

Marching on the 30 November public sector strike, photo Paul Mattsson

21 December 2011

Defend public sector pensions - "action must be escalated"

The current battle over pensions is a defining one for our movement. Over two million workers from 24 unions took action together on 30th November in the biggest show of strength in living memory, writes John McInally, national vice-president, PCS (personal capacity)

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30 June pensions strike; Loindon demo, photo Senan

Pensions strike. Pic: Senan

15 December 2011

No sell-out on pensions - Fight until we win!

Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, argued at the TUC’s Public Sector Liaison Group (PSLG) that all the trade unions should sign up to the government’s latest ‘heads of agreement’ on pensions. This was met with outrage

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7 December 2011

Socialist MEP supports public sector strike

Socialist Party (Ireland) MEP Paul Murphy spoke at the European Parliament in support of the 30 November public sector strike in Britain:...

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30 November 2011

Them & Us

Scroungers: There are today in Britain a group of well-paid public sector workers who are bleeding the economy dry, not creating any wealth and just contributing to the debt, writes Dan Gillman, Waltham Forest teacher.

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Fight till we win! TUC - Call next strike, photo Paul Mattsson

23 November 2011

Enough is enough! Make N30 the start of a fight to stop all cuts

This government of millionaires claimed that its savage cuts in public spending would eliminate Britain's structural deficit by 2014-15, but it has now admitted this is impossible

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30 June coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions, photo Paul Mattsson

30 June coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions, photo Paul Mattsson

23 November 2011

Reasons to be on strike

Union reps prepare for N30: My partner and I are union reps in the public sector. Over the last few weeks we have been giving people information on pensions and the strike ballots

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2 November 2011

30 November and beyond

Building a coordinated strategy for strike action against the Con-Dem cuts: The joint strike against the Con-Dem attacks on pension rights on 30 November could be one of the biggest strikes in modern trade union history, John McInally writes...

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PCS members on a London anti-cuts demonstration jointly called by the NSSN, RMT, NUT, FBU, PCS and other unions, photo Paul Mattsson

9 September 2011

Moves made towards public sector strike in November

Lobby the TUC this Sunday! Discussions are taking place in a number of trade unions – including Unison – that could result in a coordinated 3-4 million strong public sector strike of against pension cuts in November

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For a 24 hour public sector general strike now - Socialist Party placard on demo, photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson

31 August 2011

Mass action can stop the cuts

The trickle of cuts and sackings in the public sector has turned into a flood and the mood in my workplace has become one of frustration, worry and anger, a Waltham Forest Unison member writes.

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TUC demo 24 April 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson

17 August 2011

Tell the TUC - call a 24-hour public sector general strike!

"If these attacks on our jobs, services and livelihoods go through there will be riots on the streets." Anti-cuts campaigners have lost count of how many times they have warned politicians of all parties of this since last year's general election.

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6 April 2011

Bosses prepare for war on public sector workers

In February it was revealed that the Con-Dem government is preparing a 'war plan' in an attempt to prevent coordinated strike action against the cuts...

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24 March 2011

For a mid-week national demonstration

Unfortunately, however, the biggest public sector unions have not yet made any proposals to ballot on pensions...

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