“Civil servants vote to strike over pay”

pcs union civil servants strike 2ke4rw1

Public and Commercial Services union members vote to strike over pay

The government agency in charge of benefits responded to the employees’ vote to go on strike over pay by promoting a program that gives people discounts at grocery stores.

Following the vote to participate in a strike on Thursday, the head of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) sent an email to staff members expressing his “disappointment” but assuring them that they would “do what we can to support you.”

One hundred thousand people employed by the government cast their votes.

The process for employees to get discounts on groceries and other things they need every day will be made easier.

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union went on strike after accusing the letter of being “heartless” and “insensitive,” which led to the union’s decision to strike.

Peter Schofield, who holds the position of permanent secretary, wrote an email to his employees in which he stated, “My executive team and I are going to do everything we can to help you.” I was the one who discovered the email.

Employee Discount Scheme Gets an Upgrade

For instance, we renegotiated the contract so that our employees can receive better discounts on groceries and other household items through our employee discount scheme. This discount program is available to all of our employees.

As we investigate additional practical means of assistance, we will keep you updated on any relevant developments.

Mr. Schofield, as far as I can tell, was praising the department’s discount program for Civil Service workers, which has been running for a very long time.

The mylifestyle program is similar to other public and private sector programs in that it gives its members discounts on things like shopping, experience days, and insurance.

According to Mark Serwotka, who serves as the General Secretary of the PCS, members are hoping for a pay increase.

PCS Union Calls for 10% Pay Increase, Job Guarantee, and Fair Pensions

After their wages had been stagnant for a period of twelve years, he stated that it was cruel and insensitive to tell people that they could save money by purchasing a can of beans.

We appreciate how nice Peter Schofield was when he wrote his letter, but if he thinks he can buy off our members with grocery discounts, he doesn’t understand how smart they are.

The ever-increasing cost of living is a genuine issue, and our members’ anger is justified in light of the situation. It is time to provide them with a pay increase of 10%, a job guarantee, fair pensions, and fair ways to terminate their employment if things don’t work out.

126 different government agencies, including the Border Force, the Passport Office, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, and job centers, voted to take industrial action over pay, pensions, jobs, and redundancy terms.

The PCS union said in a statement that was released on Thursday that if the strike goes ahead, it will cause “extraordinary disruption,” such as delays in the processing of passport and driver’s license applications and the cancellation of driving tests.

PCS members vote to strike over pay and benefits

The statement was released in response to a question about whether or not the strike would go ahead.

Because their pay had not kept up with inflation for a decade and because they had been forced to take a 2% raise this year before the strike ballots were cast, Mr. Serwotka stated that 45,000 PCS members had asked for benefits and 40,000 had used food banks because their pay had not kept up with inflation for a decade.

This was due to the fact that they had been forced to take a 2% raise this year before the strike ballots were cast.

He said on Thursday that food banks are being set up in government offices. One of them will be in the famous “doughnut” at the GCHQ spy agency in Cheltenham.

The first nurses’ strike in the history of the NHS, as well as strikes on the railways, at Royal Mail, at BT, and in universities and education, have led trade unions to decide to meet the following week to discuss how to handle industrial disputes together.

This will be the first time that nurses have gone on strike in the history of the NHS.

Strikes, industrial action, and member voting over wages, benefits, and working conditions have been compared to the so-called “Winter of Discontent” that occurred in 1978–1979. At that time, many different unions were involved in the conflict.