Members of PCS in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) took part in a one day strike action in Yorkshire and the North East as part of a week of rolling action across the country.
Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party
Despite pickets being slightly down in numbers due to reps and activists being on holiday during half-term, the strike had good support at the picket lines Socialist Party members were able to visit across Leeds. This was especially the case in the Job Centres.
A rally in the town hall attracted 35 pickets and supporters from Leeds, whilst other rallies were held for strikers in Bradford and Newcastle. The speakers were the branch secretaries of the two branches involved in action Leeds in HMRC and DWP. In both their speeches they highlighted the impact of the governments attacks on their departments and the need for an alternative, not just for civil servants but for everyone suffering the brutality of the Con Dem attacks.
Special mention was made of the need to co-ordinate action against the government’s austerity measures, and a Unite organiser present was asked to speak briefly about the strike of Yorkshire Ambulance services workers this coming Friday.