Beware a winter of discontent
AFTER a summer of strikes Britain is facing a winter of discontent.
Transport workers in Swansea who joined in a series of industrial disputes will be boarding buses to London for a day of demonstrations next month.
And, according to a Swansea union stalwart, union membership actually increases when workers down tools to strike.
Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union Swansea Section vice-chairman and DVLA worker Dave Warren said: "To be honest we are in very unusual times with the austerity measures imposed by this government.
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"We have had DVLA-specific issues in terms of our local office closures but also on a national level we have the real value of our pay eroded and our pensions are under threat.
"We have taken the view, as a national union, that we are stronger when we act together."
The PCS is taking part in national demonstrations on Saturday, October 20, in London as a follow-up to the March for the Alternative on March 26, where more than half a million people marched through central London.
Mr Warren will be joining union members from Swansea on coaches to London.
He said: "I think we have to do something to make the Government listen.
"What we find is that when the union does take strike action people join the union."