County civil servants announce strike on Wednesday

A PCS picket line during strikes in Kettering in 2010
A PCS picket line during strikes in Kettering in 2010

More than 1,200 civil servants in Northamptonshire are set to take strike action tomorrow (Wednesday, October 15) in a dispute over public sector pay.

PCS, the union which represents public and civil sector workers, says services likely to be affected include Jobcentres and benefits offices, and magistrates’, crown and county courts among others.

The union said civil servants have had pay increases amounting to two per cent in the last four years.

Andrew Lloyd, PCS Midlands regional secretary said: “It is no surprise that our members are angry at pay freezes and pay restrictions year in year out.

“Cost of living for PCS members continues to rise while their wages continue to fall.”

Hundreds of PCS members along with other union members will be going to London on Saturday to join the TUC demo over Public sector pay. The demo referred to as “Britain needs a pay rise” is being seen as the culmination of the action and activities from public sector unions this week.