PCS: Historic strike on 30 November to build on June’s success

A quarter of a million civil and public servants from the Public and Commercial Services union will be part of an historic day of mass industrial action and protest on 30 November.

The co-ordinated strike announced by the TUC this afternoon will build on the success of 30 June when PCS joined teachers and lecturers from ATL, NUT and UCU in a walkout over pensions, as well as jobs and pay.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, who attended the special public sector unions meeting immediately after TUC annual congress, said: "This is an historic moment. We now have complete unity across the public sector with commitments of ballots and support from unions representing millions of workers.

"The momentum and force behind the growing opposition to the government's raid on public sector pensions is impossible for ministers to ignore and they must now change course.

"While this is a campaign of public sector unions, we are clear that we are not just fighting for our own members. We fundamentally reject the calls to equalise the misery, we want fair pensions for all, public and private alike."

ENDS

Notes

– For information and interview requests contact PCS national press officer Richard Simcox on 020 7801 2747 or 07833 978216

– The Public and Commercial Services union represents civil and public servants in central government. It has around 300,000 members in over 200 departments and agencies, and in parts of government transferred to the private sector. PCS is the UK's sixth largest union and is affiliated to the TUC. The general secretary is Mark Serwotka and the president is Janice Godrich – on Twitter @janicegodrich

– Follow PCS on Twitter @pcs_union