The PCS has voted to take strike action over pensions and pay this Wednesday.
At the same time, George Osborne will be announcing another round of austerity measures in the annual Budget.
PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This is not a one-day protest, this is the start of a rolling programme of walkouts and disruptive action to put pressure on a government that is refusing to talk to us.”
Protests and rallies are taking place across the country. In addition to early morning picketing outside local job centres, tax offices, etc, in the North West these will be at:
Liverpool – 11am, Liner Hotel, Liverpool
Manchester – 11.30am, Piccadilly Gardens Manchester, M60 1HX (Contact Alex Davidson 07842 829 309)
Preston – 11am, Flag Market, (Market Square), PR1 2PP. (Contact Lynn Wallace 07909 524 260)
Members, who include customs, immigration, benefits and Jobcentre staff, want a 5% pay rise, or £1,200.
A campaign against tax avoidance and evasion is also at the heart of the action.
Mark Serwotka confirmed members would “quickly follow up our Budget day strike” with another walkout in a bid to “step up our campaigning for the government to take serious action against wealthy tax dodgers”.
“With polls showing people are less likely to support government policies if George Osborne’s name is attached, it is clear the public have lost faith in austerity and want an alternative.”
The union also accuses the Treasury of urging ministers to scrap decades-old civil service pay arrangements that enable staff to progress from minimum starting levels up a series of pay bands within their grade.