PCS to meet with Cabinet Office over government plans to cut 91,000 civil service jobs

PCS reps will on Tuesday meet with Cabinet Office officials to set out their opposition to 91,000 planned civil service job cuts.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Our members are today in a state of shock. That the first they heard of these cuts was when it was announced in the media tells you all you need to know about what the government thinks of civil servants.

“Our members, the heroes praised by the government for risking their lives keeping the country running during the pandemic, are now being told their jobs are at risk.

“Our national conference is in ten days debating taking co-ordinated strike action. If our members weren’t angry before, they are now. And rightly so.

“Making cuts will only make things worse, make waiting lists longer for those seeking passports and driving licences, make telephone queues longer for those with tax enquiries.

“We shall fight for every job in the civil service. Not just on behalf of our members, but on behalf of every member of the public who relies on the services they provide.”

The union’s NEC is to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss their response to the announcement. Next week sees the union’s annual conference in Brighton, with the first motion to debate national co-ordinated action. A PCS source told union-news.co.uk strike action was almost inevitable, saying: “If our members weren’t angry before, they are now.”

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