September 8, 2008

Union’s Strike Threat

THE government faced a series of fresh attacks from unions today as civil servants' leaders threatened three months of industrial action over pay.

The Public and Commercial Services Union said around 270,000 of its members across the UK working in every government department will vote later this month on a rolling programme of industrial action which will extend into the New Year.

The PCS will also try to co-ordinate any strikes with other unions which could lead the government on a collision course with up to a million workers later in the year.

A wage dispute involving half a million council workers remains unresolved, while teachers are to be balloted soon on whether to launch more strikes, also over pay.

The TUC Congress in Brighton today will debate a hard hitting motion calling for industrial action in the public sector to be coordinated.

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