10 May 2012
The government’s claims about numbers of civil servants on strike over pensions are wildly inaccurate, the Public and Commercial Services union said today.
Nearly 200,000 PCS members have walked out – according to figures communicated to the union’s head office from picket lines across the UK.
There are also thousands of civil servants on strike from Unite, the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA), the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT), the Prison Officers’ Association (POA) and the Immigration Service Union (ISU).
Cabinet office minister Francis Maude has claimed only 100,000 civil servants are on strike. In fact the number is well over 200,000.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “The government refuses to accept that there pension robbery is deeply unpopular.
“Instead of announcing made-up figures to undermine the strike Francis Maude should be acknowledging that there is huge opposition, and start meaningful negotiations about public service pensions.
“Civil servants along with health, education and local government workers are being forced to work longer, and pay more, for smaller pensions – all to pay for the bail out of greedy, irresponsible bankers.”