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Civil servants to go on strike tomorrow
11:20am Tuesday 19th March 2013 in Echo News
BENEFIT claims, driving tests, and job centre appointments are all set to be disrupted as civil service workers stage a national strike this week over pay, pensions, and conditions.
The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) has said its members will refuse to work tomorrow and has warned that the day of disruption will be “just the beginning” in a three-month programme of action.
The union claims that central Government is refusing to negotiate, and says it expects nearly all of its members in the south east of the county to mount picket lines tomorrow.
It is estimated that there are 1,000 union members in just HM Revenue and Customs alone in the area.
Andrew Lord, branch secretary of the PCS in south east Essex, said: “This will cause some disruption to the public which is regrettable, but if the Government was prepared to talk to us about our concerns then there would be no need for this action.
“The civil service has seen hard-earned terms and conditions being chipped away while it has been subjected to pay freezes as the cost of living goes up.
“People in Southend and the county are very angry and upset about the way they have been treated."