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STREATHAM STRIKER No.14
This is a brief explanation of the events of the last week.
Those of you at the well attended strikers meeting last Friday (30th November) will know that our preferred course of action was to remain on strike until the new year, for the various and valid reasons we discussed, and that the national action should commence as soon as possible. Those who might be returned to unsafe offices such as Streatham should be kept on indefinite strike on their current rate of strike pay.
Your reps took this forward to the national Pathfinder reps meeting, and following debate was adopted as the best way forward. During this meeting we received the result of the national ballot, which was won by 16770 votes to 14659.
The views from the Pathfinder reps meeting informed the joint GECs who also met on Tuesday and agreed to recommend our preferred course of action to the NEC meeting on Wednesday.
The National Disputes Committee were concerned with the additional expenditure which would be incurred keeping us on strike until the new year, and the need to tie the launch of national action in with stepping down of selective action.
Both options were discussed at length by the NEC, (who were also made aware that management continued to refuse to negotiate a settlement and ACAS has now been approached by PCS) and the NEC decided the following:
National discontinuous strike action to commence with a 2-day strike on 12th & 13th December. The joint GECs to meet the following week to evaluate and decide on future action.
Selective action to be suspended from 14th December, except where members may be returned to unsafe working environments.
The decision was unanimous, so there are no longer any splits in the GECs, NDC or NEC. In addition, we have been assured that the action can continue to be funded indefinitely.
WHAT THIS MEANS TO US
Our strikers who normally work in Wandsworth or Balham offices or Jobcentres (except Streatham) will return to work on 14th December following the 2 days national action on 12th & 13th.
Strikers who normally work in Streatham office will remain on strike indefinitely at the current 85% strike pay. They will not attract strike pay for periods of national action.
FAMIS: it is not anticipated that there will be problems with December salaries. If there are, PCS has made contingency plans to make (and recover) payments necessary.
Leave commitments: if you have difficulty obtaining leave on your return to work, contact your local rep immediately. We are keen, as we assume local management are, to avoid any victimisation, or perceived victimisation. If you think you are being victimised in any way because of your strike action, contact your local rep straight away.
The selective action we have been involved in has raised the dispute to national level. Management has refused to negotiate over the last 3 weeks. It's now time to raise the stakes. In the face of an unprecedented propaganda storm including the videos from management, our Streatham Health and Safety dispute has ballooned into national action.
You can all be very proud of your actions so far and look forward to a settlement to this dispute and a safer working environment. We must all be prepared to take strike action in the future if called on to do so. We will continue to keep you informed about all developments in the dispute, but for now, the Streatham Striker bids farewell to its friends ..
"I shall return, and I shall be millions" - Eva Peron
FURTHER NEWS FROM THE WEEKLY MEETING ON FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER
It was unanimously agreed that strikers returning to work on Friday shout meet outside their respective offices and all go in together at 9.30am.
Streatham JCP will continue to be picketed and their strikers will continue to have weekly meetings.
ASSAULTS ON DWP STAFF: THE FACTS
Hansard: Public Servants (Assaults)
(1) Information to date. These figures are based on the reports so far received, other incidents may have occurred but may not yet have been reported.
Mr Darling was not present to draw laughter from the report of these figures to Parliament. It puts his now notorious figure of 166 assaults into its correct context: it's not very safe. It is destined to become less safe under Jobcentre Plus, unless we continue to press the point for a safer working environment.
WE HAVEN'T BEEN ON A PAID HOLIDAY
..and was interviewed several times by national media outside Irene House.
All copies of the Streatham Striker (and a copy of the songbook!) plus a history of the dispute and links to other union information websites can be found at: http://www.pflcpsa.com/pathfinder