Surge in PCS membership applications
There has also been a massive increase in interest in trade union membership across the labour movement as more and more unions take strike action and ballot their members with the aim of improving their pay and conditions and defeating large-scale cuts.
The current RMT rail strike and talk of industrial action by teachers, post office workers, NHS staff, airport workers and barristers has seen a huge 184% increase in Google searches for 'join union', according to a report by recruitment company Workello. The analysis reveals the increase seen on Wednesday (22) in the UK was the highest level in over a year.
PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “As the government steps up its unwarranted attacks on our members, so our members are fighting back.
“Non-members see that in their workplaces and in the media and want to become an active part of a union that has their best interests at heart, protecting their jobs and campaigning for better pay.
“We’ve seen a steady increase in new members since the announcement to cut one in five DWP jobs, with 639 people joining us this week alone.
“And we expect to be welcoming more new members as our national pay ballot approaches, and for as long as the government persists with its unjustified and ideological cuts programme.”
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