Mark Serwotka has been general secretary of PCS union for 23 years. Set to retire at the end of the year, he discusses the recent wave of strikes involving 133,000 civil servants and reflects on what he has learnt in his time in the role.
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS union, talks to Tribune about their biggest industrial dispute in decades and why the government is playing with fire by demonising and undermining the civil service.
Suella Braverman’s “dream” of deporting refugees to Rwanda is barbaric and will fail to deter small boat crossings. We need a safe passage scheme to save lives and treat asylum seekers humanely, writes Mark Serwotka.
Civil servants haven’t had a proper pay rise for 11 years, and more than a third are skipping meals to save money. The national strike ballot is a chance for 150,000 to make clear they’re not taking it anymore.
The Tories’ plan to axe 91,000 civil service jobs is only the latest in a long line of attacks proving the contempt in which they hold working people – and making the case for a fightback clearer than ever.
After years of stagnant wages, public sector workers won’t take the cost of living crisis lying down – it’s time to fight for the pay rises staff deserve, writes Mark Serwotka
Right-wing efforts to blame civil servants for the HGV shortage or the Afghanistan crisis are as absurd as they are desperate – and they won’t stop PCS backing its members.
Public sector workers were at the frontline of the Covid crisis, but instead of a reward they’ve been given a pay freeze – just one of many attacks on the living standards of working people in the latest Tory Budget.
Public sector workers have kept society running through Covid-19, only to be forced to bear the cost with a pay freeze. PCS union will be exploring all options to fight back – including industrial action.
The poorest areas of England have suffered twice as many Covid-19 deaths as the richest – now, they are denied proper funding to survive the winter. It’s time to fight back against a government that is entrenching inequality.