Hundreds of Northamptonshire civil servants to join day of strike action

PCS members on strike outside Northampton Crown Court in May 2012
PCS members on strike outside Northampton Crown Court in May 2012

More than 1,300 civil servants in Northamptonshire are to take part in industrial action this week, their union has announced.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) in Northamptonshire will walk out on Thursday, July 10.

The strike will mean Government departments such as tax offices, job centres, courts and driving test centres are closed.

In a day of widespread action across the UK, PCS members will join striking teachers, council workers and fire fighters in a walkout.

PCS says it is striking because of the Government’s pay freeze for public sector workers.

Andrew Lloyd, regional secretary for the PCS in the Midlands, said: “Ministers praise public servants for their hard work and dedication but at the same time they are slashing their living standards. Instead of warm words, public sector workers need a pay rise.

“Over the last four years the total pay increase for civil servants has been less than two per cent. Many have had a total freeze, at a time when the accumulative price rises have been at over 16 per cent.

“PCS members, amongst other public sector workers, have had enough.”

The unions will hold a demonstration from 11am at Becket’s Park in Northampton, and will march to a rally at midday in All Saints Church Plaza, near the headquarters of Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council.