23 April 2012
• Solid support was reported for the Revenue and Customs strike over the threat of privatisation. The strike was in opposition to year-long call handling trials using private sector companies in two HM Revenue and Customs contact centres in Lillyhall in Cumbria and Bathgate in Scotland.
• An article in the Morning Star reported that PCS slammed proposals to use more private debt collectors within Revenue and Customs and other government departments.
• PCS warned that action was needed to stop gang violence in London courts before someone was killed following a series of incidents at Willesden Magistrates’ Court.
• There was widespread reporting of PCS warnings over the possible impact of regional pay which could cost local economies billions of pounds.
• In a BBC interview about the budget PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka described it as a “budget for the rich and a decade of despair for everyone else”.
• The Union-News website reported that thousands of angry PCS members have returned to the government official letters notifying them of the pensions contribution rise.
• A two-hour walkout by Department for Work and Pensions contractors demonstrated the strength of support for the 300 Balfour Beatty employees facing compulsory redundancy on the lowest terms, reported the PCS website.
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