Monica Lennon Supports Civil Service Union in Strike for Better Pay and Conditions

PCS East Kilbride

Hard-working people who have kept the country going in times of crisis like COVID are now being abandoned by the Scottish Government.

 

Monica visited Hamilton Sheriff Court where members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) are participating in strike action over better pay and conditions.

Ms Lennon met with court workers on the picket line to listen to the concerns they have about the current cost of living crisis, ongoing job security and no cuts to redundancy terms.

The strike action is part of a wider campaign of targeted strikes happening across the civil service after 100,000 PCS members in 214 government departments and other public bodies voted to strike. PCS claim that workers have seen no real-terms pay rise in over a decade and that the civil service 2% treasury pay remit is the lowest offer in the public sector. PCS are striking to achieve a 10 per cent pay rise; a living wage of at least £15 per hour; a 2 per cent cut in pension payments; no further cuts to redundancy payments; and a job security agreement.

 

Monica said: 

“It was important to join workers and show solidarity with PCS union this morning to shine a light on the poor work and pay conditions inflicted on those helping to run our public services.”

“We all know how busy Hamilton Sheriff Court is, and how vital it is for people to have access to justice. In civilised and decent society, the people running our public services should be valued and paid fairly.”

“The cost-of-living crisis in this country is appalling. With inflation surging to almost 12%, pay must rise to meet the increasing demands.

“I was glad to see so many members of the public support PCS, and I wish them every success and solidarity in their ongoing industrial actions.”

Monica Lennon is an MSP for the Central Scotland Region. In 2021, she passed the ground-breaking Period Product (Scotland) Act. Follow her on Twitter for recent updates.