9 February 2011
Ministers planned to axe at least 110,000 civil service jobs by 2015 – a quarter of them in the MoD – Mark told the inaugural meeting of Andover and District PCS branch, held at the HQ land forces military base.
He urged members to take part in the TUC march against the cuts in London on Saturday 26 March and to join the union’s campaign for an economic alternative to the austerity programme.
If the government failed to listen to reason PCS would support members prepared to take industrial action, he said.
Attacks on essential services have left those still working with massive workloads on low pay and worse pensions.
The government had launched a fresh attack on redundancy rights to make it cheaper to sack staff, and intended to extend a two-year pay freeze that was already causing massive hardship as inflation rose towards 5%.
Twice PCS has gone to court to defend the civil-service redundancy scheme, and members had rejected the government’s latest proposal by a margin of nine to one.
The government’s austerity programme would see unemployment rise by more than a million, Mark said, but there is an alternative.
Britain’s national debt had been double its present level while the country was creating the NHS and the welfare state and building more than three million council homes.
Tax dodging by wealthy individuals and corporations cost the economy £120 billion a year which could be invested in growth.
New branch chair Gloria Galloway welcomed the creation of a single PCS branch covering MoD sites in and around Andover.
Long service awards were presented to 11 branch members.