The 100,000 civil servants inflicting strike chaos have been warned not to expect any sympathy from “working taxpayers who pay their wages” as bureaucrats already benefit from privileges “many Brits can only dream of”. Civil servants have become the latest industry sector group to strike over pay, pensions and jobs. The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) said the legal threshold for industrial action had been achieved in 126 areas, covering workers such as driving test examiners, border force officials and Jobcentre staff.
The PCS, the majority of members of which work in UK Government departments, warned unless it receives “substantial proposals”, it will announce a programme of “sustained industrial action” next Friday.
But the threat of strike action has infuriated the TaxPayers’ Alliance at a time when millions of Britons are struggling with the cost of living as they desperately try to make ends meet.
John O’Connell, chief executive of the pressure group that to campaign for a low-tax society, has launched a furious attack, and urged Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to stand firm against the union’s demands.
He raged: “Civil servants shouldn’t expect sympathy for their strikes from the working taxpayers who pay their wages.
“Bureaucrats already benefit from generous pay packets and plush pensions, with job perks and work from home privileges that many Brits can only dream of.
“The Chancellor must hold the line and ensure households are not forced to cough up for pay rises well above their own.”
GB News presenter and political commentator also took a massive swipe at the 100,000 striking civil servants in a bitter outburst on Twitter.
He wrote: “Around 100,000 civil servants have voted for a national strike over pay. Probably the same number that ought to be cut from the civil service.”
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PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka accused the Government of treating those working in the Civil Service with “contempt” and demanded a 10 percent pay rise, job security, pensions justice and protected redundancy terms for its members.
He said: “The Government must look at the huge vote for strike action across swathes of the Civil Service and realise it can no longer treat its workers with contempt.
“Our members have spoken and if the Government fails to listen to them, we’ll have no option than to launch a prolonged programme of industrial action reaching into every corner of public life. Civil servants have willingly and diligently played a vital role in keeping the country running during the pandemic but enough is enough.
“The stress of working in the civil service, under the pressure of the cost-of-living crisis, job cuts and office closures means they’ve reached the end of their tethers.
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“We are calling on the Government to respond positively to our members’ demands. They have to give our members a 10% pay rise, job security, pensions justice and protected redundancy terms.”
A Government spokesman said: “We regret this decision and remain in regular discussion with unions and staff. As the public would expect, we have plans in place to keep essential services running and minimise any potential disruption if strikes do go ahead.
“The public sector pay awards are a careful balance between delivering value for money for the taxpayer and recognising the importance of public sector workers.”
A Home Office spokesman added: “We are disappointed that the union has voted in favour of industrial action. Our priority will always be to keep our citizens safe and borders secure, and we will not compromise on this.
“As the public would expect, we have plans in place to minimise potential disruption during possible strike action, while still carrying out essential checks.”