8 May 2012
Each union are giving different advice as to how their members who are shift workers should observe the action. Although this may mean that members of each union may have to cross each others’ picket lines at some stage during the dispute we wish to point out that both unions are in agreement that we give each others’ members dispensation so that they can follow their own unions advice. But all members should take industrial action as set out by their union.
Furthermore, we believe that if each union member observes their own unions’ advice this will actually supplement the action and cause more disruption. The changes to our pensions will mean staff working longer, paying more and getting less! They are blatantly unfair and despite the strength of feeling shown on the 30 November 2011 the government are still refusing to negotiate with the unions in a genuine way. Therefore we should not be apologetic for our actions that will cause disruption - we should be clear that the blame lies firmly at the government’s door.
For clarification the advice to shift workers from both PCS and Unite unions is reproduced below:
Action runs from midnight to midnight for the full day of 10 May.
PCS Industrial Officer and DSg Group Organiser