Sun Apr 7, 2013 2:29AM
British civil servants have announced a fresh one-week walkout to protest the government’s attack on their pay, jobs and terms and conditions, local media reported. The strike action to be started on April 15 follows a half-day strike which targeted government departments, jobcentres, courts and driving test centres. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told a rally outside the Cabinet Office in Westminster that a week of strikes will begin at the Home Office from a week on Monday, with different groups of workers taking action at different times. The strikes are part of a three-month campaign of industrial action that began with a national strike on Budget day last month. Serwotka said the government had refused to meet for talks and called on Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude to resign. "We are taking action to oppose and shine a light on what are deeply unfair and unnecessary cuts to the living standards of hard-working public servants," said Serwotka. PCS president Janice Godrich addressed a mass rally in Glasgow after 800 civil servants walked out of the Northgate processing centre at 1pm Friday. "I'm really proud of the action you have taken here against the government attacks. We know our people are angry and we're not prepared to pay the price", she said. PCS Scottish secretary Lynn Henderson added: "This long weekend of walkouts is the next step in a series of strikes to put pressure on a government that is refusing to talk to us." MOL/HE