Thursday, February 11, 2010

Joint working with PCS

Dave Prentis reported in some detail to yesterday's meeting of UNISON's National Executive Council (NEC) on a meeting he had held the previous day with Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).

PCS members working in public services face the same challenges as we face in UNISON and it is good news that we will be seeing joint campaigning, joint leaflets and other materials and coordinated political lobbying.

I asked about the possibility, further down the road, of coordinated industrial action over the linked issues of pay, job cuts and attacks on pensions. Dave emphasised the difficulties of coordinating industrial action but indicated that if there were common issues we would see in future the sort of coordination that we saw over public sector pensions a few years ago.

Watch this space?

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