PCS: Industrial action more than a 'one-day protest'
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:
This is not a one-day protest, this is the start of a rolling programme of walkouts and disruptive action to put pressure on a government that is refusing to talk to us.
Civil and public servants are working harder than ever to provide the services we all rely on but, instead of rewarding them, the government is imposing cuts to their pay, raiding their pensions and trying to rip up their basic working conditions.
We warned more than two years ago that austerity wouldn't work and we were right.
There is an alternative to cutting the living standards of hard-working public servants and our campaign is designed to make the case loud and clear.
Postal workers in part of Bristol are to hold a series of strikes in the run up to Christmas. Talks with the Royal Mail broke up today without any agreement. Next week the workers' union, the CWU, say they will give the company a week's notice of their strike plans.
The men and women involved work at the Mead Street depot near Temple Meads. The post codes affected are BS4 and BS14.
Postal workers in Bristol are being asked to vote in favour of strike action ahead of Christmas. The Communication Workers Union have served a notice on Royal Mail for a strike ballot that will effect those working in the depot in Mead Street.
The ballot will open on the 13th of November and close on the 21st. If it goes ahead it will effect people in the BS4 and BS14 areas of Bristol.
Job Centre staff at a call centre in Bristol will strike today as part of action by the Public and Commercial Services Union. They say working conditions in call centres are oppressive and have unrealistic targets. 6,000 union members across the UK are taking part in the strike.