Wednesday, 31 May 2023

More than 130,000 civil and public servants to take part in all-out strike

Tens of thousands of workers across the civil service and public sector will go on strike on one day in April. 

The Public and Commercial Services union confirmed members will continue their industrial action throughout next month to increase the pressure on ministers.

It includes seeing 130,000 civil and public servants on the picket line on April 28 over the ongoing row about pay and conditions.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka stressed members are ‘not backing down’ in this dispute.

‘Ministers need to take notice that we are escalating our action and they need to resolve the dispute by putting money on the table. 

‘We know our strikes have already caused serious disruption. The new strikes and another national day of action will pile the pressure on a government that refuses to listen.’

The move was agreed by the union’s executive committee earlier this afternoon.

It means there will be strike action in different parts of the civil service from today until the end of April. 

Earlier in March, another all-out strike was supported by PCS members from 123 government department, with big picket lines and demonstrations.

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