Thursday 30 June is set to be a day of strikes and protest.
Up to 750,000 public sector workers will stage a 24-hour walkout on 30 June, with civil servants then embarking on a month-long ban on overtime.
This afternoon, the PCS (Public and Commercial Services) Union voted with 61.1% majority to strike. Industrial action in other forms was favoured by 83.6%. The ballot turnout of members was 32.4%.
The reason? The union is protesting at planned changes to pensions as well as job cuts and a pay freeze for civil servants as part of the Government’s austerity measures.
The news followed huge strike votes yesterday by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) over pensions.
All this comes as figures show unemployment down in Wales to 7.9% (a drop of 9,000 to 115,000 people).
UK Uncut plan to get in on the action on 30 June, too.
UK Uncut said it was planning a public “spectacle” in London on June 30, inviting union members to take part in a “creative protest” to highlight the “injustice” behind the Government’s cuts.
Members of the group have occupied banks and stores in recent months as part of its campaign against tax-avoidance.
UK Uncut activist Mark Williams, from London, said: “By joining the unions we can help show there are alternatives to the Government’s cuts, for example making the banks pay for a crisis they created or stopping tax dodging by corporations and the rich.”
Prime Minister David Cameron’s official spokesman said that the level of public sector strikes in the UK remains “low”, but said the Government was keeping the question of whether to tighten the law on industrial disputes under review.
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