Over 750,000 civil servants are set for strike action in support of the teacher's strike which will cause disruption to a million school children. The strike planned by teachers which now has the full support of civil servants is planned for Thursday June 30, with the dispute over public sector pensions. The teacher's strike confirmed by NUT and ATL has become a serious issue for the Government to deal with as the strike now has the full support of civil servants. The strikes are planned for one day, Thursday June 30, on a day that could bring much of London and other major cities to a standstill.
750,000 public sector staff, including Community Support Officers and DVLA officials, are likely to walk out on the same day as the teachers strike. Sixty per cent who voted backed the strikes but critics point to the fact that the turnout was just over thirty per cent. Government officials have claimed that the strikes would be a 'big mistake' as well as questioning whether the unions have the mandate for strike action. The Government has condemned the 'unnecessary action' with cabinet officer minister Francis Maude saying "public sector pensions will remain among the very best."
The PCS Union which looks after the Community Support Officers claim that 300,000 of its members could strike on June 30, in a move that will cause the Government grave concerns. Added to this, a million school children are likely to be affected with timetable changes and in some serious cases full school closures. The NUT and ATL, balloted their members on Monday, and have boasted that it will the 'biggest day of teacher action in decades' and plan to continue the pressure on the Government if necessary.
The Government have condemned the strike action whilst negotiations are still in place and have questioned the mandate for strikes. With just over thirty per cent actually voting in the strikes the Government feel there is strong opposition from the public against the strikes. The Government is now facing up to the prospect of mass public walk outs in 2011. Mega union Unison have today confirmed they plan to ballot their members over pension strikes and they have been given full support from Unite.
Added to this, further strikes planned by rail workers are set to go ahead after the RMT confirmed the talks had broken down. The meetings, aimed at averting a series of rail strikes by London Underground workers after the sacking of Arwyn Thomas. The strikes are a further blow to the collation Government and the first are planned for Sunday evening - a move that will affect the Wimbledon Championship's. The RMT have confirmed that the 'strikes will now go ahead' with further strikes planned for the summer.