Why not mention pay and jobs?

From the PCS website “The PCS national executive committee (NEC) has unanimously agreed to consult members on rejecting the government’s offer on pensions and on a programme of action as part of the continuing campaign”.

For members in PCS at least, the strike ballot was for jobs and pay as well as pensions. The Independent Left cannot understand why the union deliberately fails to mention these other dimensions to the dispute. Job insecurity and job loss has not lessened since the ballot result; indeed in many areas they have increased. We face a two year pay squeeze; this follows on from a two year pay freeze. The objective conditions for a pay campaign exist but that requires the union to launch one. We will keep reminding members that this is a pay, jobs and pensions dispute; the PCS leadership should be telling the entire membership the same thing.

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