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Osborne’s Spending Review – PCS Midlands Shows Government The Red Card

DWP Ravenhurst

DWP Ravenhurst

In his spending review last week, the chancellor announced further massive cuts to the public sector and the civil service on top of the £81bn which will be cut from public spending by 2014. We have already seen a two-year pay freeze and pay cap of 1% and increased pension contributions. More than 70,000 civil service jobs have been cut, the value of pensions reduced and terms and conditions threatened.

The government has refused to talk to us, and we are demanding real negotiations.

The new spending round will cut a further £11.5 billion in 2015/16 and include:

  • Saving a further £5bn from central government
  • Ending progression pay in civil service by 2016
  • 1% cap on public sector pay continued until April 2016
  • Budget cuts of 10% for justice, Defra, Treasury and Cabinet Office and Communities; 9.5% in DWP; 9% for transport; 8% in Foreign Office and department for energy and climate change; 7% in culture; 6% for Home Office and department for business innovation and skills; 5% in Revenue and Customs
  • 2% further cuts for devolved administrations
  • Cuts in defence civilians and allowances
  • 144,000 further job cuts in the public sector.
  • A cap on benefit payments, more cuts and restrictions

27 June protest day – stop the cuts

DWP Five Ways

DWP Five Ways

Highways Agency

Highways Agency

These cuts will have a devastating effect on you, your family and the services we provide. We organised a day of protest against these cuts – to pay, jobs and terms and conditions as part of our national campaign.

On 27 June, at every workplace and in our city centres, members protested to stop the cuts, and keep the pressure on ministers for real negotiations.

Gambling Commission

Gambling Commission

Courts

Courts

The cuts don’t work – there is an alternative

Despite the huge cuts to the public sector both the debt and the deficit are increasing. The economy has flatlined, leading to lower tax revenues and high benefit bills. Read about PCS’ alternative

PCS Midlands shows the government the red card

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PCS Strikes – 5th and 8th April

PCS April half days strikesFollowing their strike in March, PCS continue their rolling set of industrial actions with a half day strike on 5th April, the day before the new tax year sees the top rate of tax cut for anyone earning over £150,000/year – the top 1% of earners, whilst people claiming in and out of work benefits see tax increases in the form of 20% council tax payments, extra charges for the bedroom tax and a real terms cut in their benefits. This will be followed by a half day strike on the 8th April for some departments that aren’t on strike on the 5th.

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Report From PCS Strike

PCS March 20 2013 Office Of The Public GuardianOn Wednesday, the PCS Union who represent civil servants, began a series of industrial actions and strikes to defend jobs pay, conditions and pensions from this government’s austerity agenda. In Birmingham pickets were held around the city at government offices and job centres. Turnout rates in the region were at 80%-90% for many places, with over a third of the staff at Selly Oak Jobcentre turning out for the picket line itself.

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NUT Birmingham, Midlands PCS and Unite the Resistance Public Meeting on Pensions

Birmingham NUT and Midlands PCS have organsied a public meeting, with support from Unite the Resistance, on continuing the fight over pensions.

The meeting will have PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka and NUT Dept General Secretary (and lead pensions negotiator for the NUT) speaking on the platform as well as a private sector pensions striker from Unilever speaking too.

Thursday 26th January, 6:30pm, Council Chamber, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB

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Mark Serwotka speaking at Lib Dem conference demo

Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of PCS, has confirmed to speak at the rally following the Liberal Democrat conference demonstration on Sunday 18th September.

Mark has been one of the best received speakers over the past 6 months, and it will be great to have him here in Birmingham on the platform of this demonstration.

PCS have been active locally in fighting cuts, and were one of the unions on strike on the 30th June, defending public sector pensions and services, and we are sure they will be well represented on 18th September. You can read about their proposed alternatives to the cuts here

Mark Serwotka speaking at the March for the Alternative on March 26th.

The next planning meeting for the Lib Dem conference is on Saturday 6th August, 11am, at Unison Offices, 19th Floor, McClaren Tower, Priory Queensway, B4 7NN. This will be followed by street stalls & leafletting from many of the groups involved in building this demonstration.

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J30 in Photos Part 2

So many events, so many photos.. more than enough to make a second post.. so here we are! (First post is here)

UNISON

Lifford House

Yardley

At the Rally

Kings Heath demo

Small Heath Demo

Handsworth Demo

NUT

On the march

Banner on March

Inflatable

ATL

Flags on the march

Placard

Flag on the march

UCU

Placard

Banner at the rally

Banner on march

Connexions

Broad Street demo

Marching to Victoria Sq

At the rally

PCS

Picket Line

Banner

Placard

Solidarity from other groups

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)

Aston Against Fees and Cuts

Handsworth Against the Cuts

Handsworth Library

Handsworth Library

Handsworth Library

With thanks for the photos to:

@JhonCooper – Flickr Set

DPAC – Flickr Set

Jo Stevenson from Handsworth Against the Cuts

Becca Kirkpatrick

Vez Kirkpatrick

John Cooper – Flickr Set

Fiona Raychell

Euan Smith

 

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J30 Mass Strikes in Photos

(c) Geoff Dexter Sherborne Publications

Thursday 30th June (dubbed J30) saw mass strikes around the UK from NUT, ATL, UCU and PCS Unions over pensions.  In Birmingham we also had UNISON members striking – council workers out because of pay cuts and changes to conditions, and Connexions members out over job cuts.  With hundreds of pickets, 14 feeder demos and the main strike rally & march, there is far too much to cover in a word report, so here are pictures from the day (A second post of pictures is found here

Pickets

Selly Oak Library

Norfolk House

Central Library

City Centre House

EHRC

Victoria Square House

Hamstead Hall Secondary School

Handsworth Leisure Centre

Redfern Fleet and Waste Depot

Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts

Weather Oak Day Centre picket line

Northfield Demo

Strike Rally


8,000 people on the March

Speakers

I’m afraid I don’t recognise most of these people, and I wasn’t there this afternoon – so if anyone can fill in the blanks, I’d be grateful 🙂 – Just tell me in a comment

Rhiannon Lockley, Halesowen College UCU

Caroline Johnson - Birmingham Unison

Kevin Courtney - NUT

People

Contributors

With thanks to everyone for the photos:
Geoff Dexter Sherborne Publications (all the ones with GD in the filename, if you hover your cursor over an image) More of his photos here and here

Chris Hughes from Strichley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts
Sue Thomas
Sharon McCourt
Fiona Rachell
Edward Bauer

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