Around 100,000 British civil servants voted to go on strike on Thursday. This vote comes a day after the vote for nurses working in public health institutions, which represents a first in the UK.
The main civil service union, the PCS (Public and Commercial Services), is demanding a 10% pay rise. He is also asking for promises of job security, “fairness for pensions”, “protected redundancies”.
In London, the underground is paralyzed
The union has warned that unless it receives “substantial proposals” from the government, it will announce a “sustained strike” program on November 18. The government “can no longer treat its workers with contempt,” union general secretary Mark Serwotka said. If the government does not listen to our members, we have no choice but to launch a protracted program of industrial action affecting all aspects of public life”. “Public servants have willingly played an essential role in the functioning of the country during the pandemic, but enough is enough,” added the general secretary of the PCS.
Union actions have been linked in recent months in the United Kingdom, hit by record high inflation. In London, the subway is paralyzed by a new social movement on Thursday.