At one o’clock today, Friday 5th April, members of the civil servants union PCS took a half days strike action as part of their ongoing campaign against the governments austerity measures which include an ongoing pay freeze, attacks on pensions, office closures, measures attacking the unions ability to organise and more.
Iain Dalton, Leeds North Socialist Party
Socialist Party members visited a number of picket lines in the city centre, with CPS workers still able to mount a presence despite their key branch organiser being ill. Simon, rep at Park Place Job Centre Plus, told us how the turnout had been better than on the 20th March budget day strike, with workers that hadn’t taken action then walking out today, whilst Alan, a rep at Eastgate Job Centre Plus explained how they’d brought people out floor by floor, with PCS members who don’t usually picket being able to see how well supported action is.
This is the fourth strike that has taken place in Leeds in the period of just over a week, and this and the discussions at the upcoming TUC General Council on 24th April about examining the possibility of calling a general strike was discussed. All the pickets we spoke to expressed their wish that such strike action should be co-ordinated together if possible, as the National Shop Stewards Network has argued.