Plymouth civil servants to join national austerity strike
ANGRY civil servants are set to go on strike on Budget Day in protest at cuts to jobs and pay.
The one-day strike on March 20 is the first of a programme of action by the Public and Commercial Services union.
"People are angry," Dave Franklin, regional committee member and PCS rep at the city's Land Registry said.
"In my own workforce people have lost thousands of pounds over the past three years."
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He said a pay freeze and increases in pensions contributions had hit civil servants' standard of living.
The Government has said that pay rises will be capped at one per cent for each of the next three years.
"This is not going to be just a one-day strike," Mr Franklin said. "Members have voted for a sustained campaign of action."
In Plymouth the Land Registry, Court Service, Devonport Dockyard, Borders Agency, HM Revenues and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions are expected to be hit by the walk-out.
The union's national executive agreed yesterday to hold a three-month programme of action, starting with the all-day strike on March 20.