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Cumbernauld and Kilsyth PCS members prepare for June 7th strike action

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 21:59 GMT on Monday, May 20th, 2013.

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PCS union picket line at Cumbernauld Accounts office, June 2012. Picture is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media. 

CUMBERNAULD members of the Public and Commercial Services union are preparing to go on strike, in nearly three weeks’ time.

“PCS at its conference in Brighton have announced today that as part of its national campaign to defend pay, jobs and terms & conditions all HMRC and DWP members are asked to participate in joint regional strike action from 3 June to 7 June. All members in various regional areas are asked to take a full day`s strike action starting in the North East and Yorkshire & Humberside on Monday 3 June and across each identified areas culminating in Scotland and the Eastern regional area on Friday 7 June,” John Miller, PCS Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Secretary explained. 

“The action is targeted to coincide with the pilot to close 13 HMRC Enquiry Centres in the NE England & Yorkshire and Humberside area with the long term plan by the government to shut 171 sites across the UK including many in Scotland such as at Cotton House in Glasgow and in remote locations such as Wick. As well as causing major disruption to the employer, the week will also provide an opportunity to promote PCS` welfare and tax justice arguments and our alternative to public sector cuts.”

The strike will attempt to target pay restraint, pension increases and old, out-of-date management strategies. 

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John told Cumbernauld Media, he felt, that every PCS member had to “endure life under pay restraint, pension increases, draconian performance management policies, attacks on terms & conditions and job cuts as well as the threat of widespread privatisation with the resultant deterioration of service to the public.”

He added: “The aim of the action is to put pressure on the government to return the negotiating table. On every point of this dispute the employer has imposed policies at the will of the government ignoring its employees and treating them with disdain.

“Strike action is a last resort of a dedicated workforce which has seen its role to society being trampled in the dirt by a government `that knows only the price of everything and the value of nothing`.

“The day of action will be supported by workers at the HMRC Accounts Office and Jobcentre Plus site in Cumbernauld. Following the pickets in the morning many members will join a rally in Glasgow and more details will follow.”

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