PCS union protest at Liner Hotel Liverpool
STRIKING public service workers held a budget day rally today at the city's Liner Hotel.
The strike is the result of a bitter dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Speakers at the PCS city rally were met with whistles and applause, while picket lines began to appear outside the Capital Building office, in Old Hall Street.
Members handed out leaflets which said the dispute was the most serious ever faced by the union.
The Public and Commercial Services union said tens of thousands of its members joined the 24-hour walkout, which will be followed by a half-day strike on April 5 and other forms of industrial action
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “What this strike shows is that PCS members are determined to show the Government they will not be not forced to accept having their pay frozen, their terms and conditions slashed while the Chancellor plots to increase the pain on the public sector with further cuts.
“The latest set of employment figures are the latest evidence that austerity isn’t working and there is an alternative to cutting the living standards of hard-working public servants create jobs and growth.
“We are calling for meaningful talks on fundamental issues surrounding pay and terms and conditions and we hope the government gets the message loud and clear.”