A new wave of strikes have swept Bournemouth as civil servant members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) continue their strike action.
The civil servants which are a part of the sixth largest trade union in the UK decided to strike after being offered a 2% below inflation pay increase.
Labour Councillor for Boscombe East and Pokesdown George Farquhar said that the strikes were “absolutely necessary” and that “its intolerable to continue without industrial action”.
Mr Farquhar is a firm advocate of the union’s strike and called for the public to support action when he told Hannah Knight of BUzz News: “The people that are in uniform that were on strike yesterday, they are your fathers, they are your brothers they are your sisters, they are your mothers.”
These strikes come as the UK continues to go through swathes of discontent. With pay and working conditions at the forefront of the majority of the strikes.
The civil servants are the latest section of the public sector to head to the picket line. Nurses of the Royal College of Nursing have upcoming strikes on the 18-19th of January. Furthermore, the University and College Union (UCU) have just announced that more than 70,000 university staff members will be striking between February and March.