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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.

– PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka


Postal strikes to go ahead

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.

Bristol postal workers to vote for strike action

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.

Strike by Job Centre staff in the region

The strike is over a dispute about working conditions Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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.

Bristol Remploy staff strike

Staff at Remploy in Bristol are on strike over Government plans to close their factory.

Remploy strike Credit: ITV West

The Bristol site, which employs people with disabilities, is one of 36 across the country due to shut, although this is subject to consultation.

The GMB union says the closures will put thousands of disabled people into poverty.

Remploy strike Credit: ITV West


First Great Western staff to be balloted for strike action over Olympics

Staff from First Great Western are to vote on whether to strike in a row over bonus pay for working during the Olympics. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union say the offer made to them was "inadequate".

They say other transport workers are being given bonuses worth hundreds of pounds during the games.

Some First Great Western staff are unhappy about bonus pay during the Olympics Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images
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Doctors on strike

Doctors to strike in row over pensions

It's the first time doctors have taken strike action in almost 40 years Credit: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Doctors across the region are expected to strike today in a row with the government over increases to pension contributions and later retirement ages.

The action has been organised by the British Medical Association and will affect all non-urgent work like outpatient appointments, but doctors will still see patients who are ill. Most doctors will be taking industrial action for the first time, with the last dispute almost 40 years ago.

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