Solidarity?

With thousands of civil servants, members of the Public and Commercial Services union, taking strike action today in protest against plans to cut more than 100,000 civil service jobs – and with predictions that the Welsh Assembly will close for the day as a result – the question for the Secretary of State for Wales, etc, Peter Hain, is whether he will be crossing any picket lines? Courting the unions has, after all, been a key part of his ongoing, if accident-prone, campaign for the post of deputy leader of the Labour Party.

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  • Alan

    If we had a Slugger prize for most tenuous news linkage for a post, this would surely make the top five.

  • marty (not ingram)

    plans to cut more than 100,000 civil service jobs

    Can only be a good thing especially here in NI. Much too bloated. Unfortunately Labour will probably make a pig’s ear of it by throwing vast sums of cash at consultants to “streamline” the departments after which it won’t be any less streamlined and thousands of people will be out of a job for no good reason.

  • smcgiff

    ‘If we had a Slugger prize for most tenuous news linkage for a post, this would surely make the top five.’

    Are there no Civil Servants in NI then?

  • pick a department

    ok right start another round of civil servant bashing even though this strike involves PCS members striking who are not members of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

    Firstly they have the right to strike..balloted by law under tory legislation and legitimate in action as their arguments are good.

    Those of us within the NICS are watching closely. It is not that the service is bloated or that the economy is over dependant on the public sector (NOTE NOT NECESSARILY THE CIVIL SERVICE!!!)it is that the SCS and their other management equivalents across the public sector are inept,gormless and corrupt. Too many worthless inept and overpaid gobshites pulling the strings..IMHO