MOSCOW, September 24 (RIA Novosti) – The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has called for a nation-wide strike in the United Kingdom on October 15, protesting the paycheck freeze in the public sector, PCS stated in a press release.
"The NEC [National Executive Committee] decided that a national strike will be called on Wednesday, 15 October," the release published Tuesday said.
According to PCS, there will be three consecutive days of British public sector strikes as the actions are coordinated with the country's health service and local government unions.
"The action will be coordinated with unions representing workers in the health service which have announced action on Monday, 13 October, and with unions in local government which have announced a strike on 14 October," PCS stated.
The British government froze public sector wages in 2010, explaining that the prevention of job losses was behind the decision.
On July 10, the union organized a similar strike with joint action with other public sector workers. More than 1 million workers held a 24-hour strike turned up, demanding better wages and against government policy.
PCS has more than 270,000 members and is one of the largest trade unions in the United Kingdom. The union claims better pay, conditions and pensions of the workers as its main goal.