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Posted by Gary Flood PM | on Tue, 20/03/2012 - 15:59  868

PCS says it will push for "co-ordinated" pension strikes next month

Thought public sector pension strikes had all blown over? Not a chance - and it may be coming to a public sector site near you, and as soon as next month. (Actually, we tell a lie - teachers and lecturers are out on a day's action as soon as March 28.)
The Public and Commercial Services union, the PCS, has just announced it will "work with other unions to build for further co-ordinated national industrial action aimed to take place before the end of April".
It's going to write the government to reject the latest 'final' offer, seek urgent negotiations, organise targeted protests at Cabinet Ministers' constituencies during the Easter parliamentary break with other unions - as well as carry out wider lobbying of MPs.
In a consultation ballot with members, 90.5% have apparently voted to reject the government's offer and 72.1% voted to support a programme of further action with other unions - the highest vote for action the union has ever had.
The union claims to have been consistent in its line that because "the cuts" are being applied across the public sector, co-ordinated national action has been necessary to win concessions "and will be necessary in future by as many unions as possible".
Its general secretary, Mark Serwotka, has said on the body's website: "While we remain committed to negotiating with ministers, they have so far refused to move from their plans to force civil and public servants to work longer and pay more for less in retirement.
"We will be working with other unions to build for co-ordinated national action to successfully fight these cuts to pensions, as well as those to pay and jobs that this brutal government is inflicting on the public sector."

As we move to Summer Time on Sunday (yay!), hard to resist a thought that we may be up for a 'Spring of Discontent'...