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The Civil Service has put rigorous contingency planning in place and, as expected today, essential public services are up and running - with borders, job centres and pensions offices open for business (June 30th)

Civil Service management indicative figures gathered from every government department have been returned and confirm that as of 12pm on 30 June over 75% of civil servants are not on strike. These figures show that as of 12pm just less than 100,000 civil servants were on strike, which is around a fifth of the total Civil Service workforce and much less than the unions have claimed.

This means that:

much less than half of the PCS union’s own members have decided to take strike action today and instead have come in to work;
fewer PCS members have gone on strike today than in either 2004 and 2007.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said:

What today has shown is that the vast majority of hard working public sector employees do not support today’s premature strike and have come into work today; I want to thank them all for coming in, ignoring the pickets and putting the public first.

"I am not at all surprised by the very low turnout for today’s action – less than half of PCS’s own members chose to take part.  Very few civil servants wanted this strike at all – less than 10% of them voted for it - and they are right.  It is simply wrong for their leader to be pushing for walkouts when serious talks, set up at the request of the TUC itself are still ongoing.  As Brendan Barber himself said, the government are approaching this whole process in good faith.

"Reform of public sector pensions is inevitable, but we will ensure that public sector pensions will still be among the very best, with a guaranteed pension which very few private sector staff now enjoy. But they will be paid later because people live longer. And public sector staff will pay more, for a fairer balance between what they pay and what other taxpayers pay."

 

Source: Cabinet Office

Written by Scott Buckler
Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:02

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