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‘Beyond expectations’

(13 November 2004)

Extract from strike report in Socialist Worker, No. 1927, 13 November 2004.
Copied from the Socialist Worker Website.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

Hundreds of thousands of civil service workers in the PCS union struck on Friday of last week against job cuts and attacks on sick pay and pensions. As PCS members report, the strike showed the new spirit of resistance in the union.

One-day strike is solid across the country

Edinburgh was always going to be important to the strike in Scotland because it is where most of the Scottish Executive ministers and buildings are based.

The signs were good before the strike, with overflowing meetings at the main workplaces and hundreds joining the union.

Virtually every office had a picket line. Many of the most enthusiastic pickets were the newest members.

At Saint Andrew’s House a manager admitted to activists the strike was effective.


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