25 March 2022

Successful first day of strike action at the British Council

British Council employees across the world took strike action yesterday (24) and have begun their second and last day of action today. 

Picket lines were held at all the UK offices, with a big turnout in Manchester. Solidarity visits from other PCS branches and other unions happened at each location. 

Members based overseas also took strike action, and shared messages on Twitter. 

A virtual rally later in the day brought together members from all over the world. Paula Barker MP and John McDonnell MP were guest speakers and brought messages of solidarity. 

Chris Stephens MP, chair of the PCS Parliamentary Group, sent a message of solidarity which said: “As a result of this government's failure to provide adequate funding, the British Council stands to lose highly-experienced and skilled staff who have built up many years of dedicated service.

MPs from across the House are deeply concerned by these plans, and your action sends a clear message to both government and the management of the British Council that they need to get back round the table and rethink these plans which would cause so much damage to the future of the institution.”

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