Civil servants set to walk out

Previous civil service picket line at Warbreck Hill, Blackpool.
Previous civil service picket line at Warbreck Hill, Blackpool.
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WORKERS are set to walk out tomorrow in a bid to force the Government to speak to them.

Almost half a million civil and public servants will strike tomorrow – to coincide with budget day – before walking out at 1pm on April 5 as the PCS union steps up its opposition to cuts to pay, pensions and working conditions.

The union claims it has asked for talks on key issues affecting civil servants, but said the Government has so far refused to negotiate.

Emily Kelly, PCS Fylde Land Registry branch chair, said: “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.

“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.

“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.”

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