Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union which represents civil servants are on strike today in the South West in a long running dispute. They're protesting against cuts to pensions and a pay freeze which they say has reduced their incomes by 20%. A rally is planned in Bristol.
The Government said it will address some of its terms and conditions for employees after public sector workers called a strike:
The Government said "pay restraint" had helped protect jobs and its pensions remain "among the very best available" after civil servants announced a strike:
The Government said it was "disappointing" that the PCS union is planning three months of industrial action, including a huge strike on Budget day.
A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "It is disappointing that, yet again, the PCS insist on pushing for futile action which benefits no-one, and damages the services they deliver to the public."
The Public and Commercial Services union says a Budget-day strike will be the first event in a three-month long protest against budget cuts, to include:
- An all-day strike on 20 March with rallies and demonstrations in key locations, including Westminster
- Further national and group strikes of varying durations, including half days and short walkouts, timed to have the greatest impact
- Industrial action short of a strike, including a national overtime ban until 20 June
- Disruptive action in groups
- Strike days interspersed with other protests and campaigning activities around specific themes
The Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said a civil servants' strike planned for Budget day would kickstart a "rolling programme" of industrial action:
The Public and Commercial Services union said almost 250,000 workers will take part in a rolling series of walkouts and protests as it steps up its campaign against budget cuts.
A 24-hour strike will be held on March 20, the day Chancellor George Osborne presents the Budget to Parliament.
Further national stoppages will be held, of varying durations and targeting different parts of the civil service, with dates to be announced at a later stage.
Other forms of disruptive industrial action will also be held, and the PCS said it will seek to co-ordination with other unions on pay and pensions.