Union plea to back strike call

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CIVIL and public service workers across Fife are being urged to vote for strike action in a row over job cuts, pay and other issues.

The Public and Commercial Service Union (PCS) has written to hundreds of its members across the Kingdom to ask them to vote yes to its plans before its deadline on June 15.

Affected services would include those managed by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) staff.

Linda Hancock, PCS DWP Fife branch secretary, said: “The Government is holding the country to ransom with its policy of making totally unnecessary and unfair cuts.

“The low pay and pensions of the majority of public servants didn’t cause the recession yet we are already bearing the brunt of the swingeing cuts.

“If we do not fight these cuts communities across Fife will be decimated.”

The PCS says it believes there is an alternative to cuts, claiming investment in public services to help the economy grow is a better solution.

Four education unions are also planning industrial action over attacks on public sector pensions after talks between trade union leaders and Cabinet Ministers broke down.

A spokesman for PCS added: “PCS does not accept that a single job needs to be lost or a single penny cut from public spending.

“No individual’s job, benefit, pension, college course, pay packet or public service is any more or less important than anyone else’s.” PCS has more than 290,000 members in over 200 departments and agencies and in parts of Government passed to the private sector.