PCS Strike: Swanesa and South West Wales
20th March 2013
Solid strike action by PCS members across Swansea and South West Wales meant most offices were fully closed or providing a limited service.
Torrential rain didn't dampen the determined spirit of those on the picket lines. Carrie Anne Watkins, branch organiser for the large Pensions Centre in Swansea reflected the mood of the dozen or so picket line when she said 'This is not just about pay but its about the ongoing attecks on our conditions as well'.
At the huge DVLA office Dave Warren, PCS branch officer, echoed a similar sentiment but added that the ConDems attacks on facility time for trade union reps means that he is facing a cut of 50% in the time that he is allowed to represent members!
There was a strong picket line at the Land Registry where Liz, their PCS rep said the government are determined to privatise Land Registry because they are actually making money!
Socialist Party members visited picket lines at the DWP in Llanelli, as well as other offices in town and also in Carmarthen and other parts of West Wales.
As one picket thanked us for our solidarity and support she reminded us that this was the first round of action and expected to see us again on April 5th!