On Saturday 2nd February, the Civil Service Rank & File (CSRF) Network will be holding its inaugural conference at Methodist Central Hall in Coventry. If you’re a government worker, why not join us and help build a real grass roots movement?
The CSRF Network is a brand new initiative from ordinary civil servants determined to resist austerity and attacks on our livelihoods – with the trade unions where they will, but also without them where they won’t.
The Network emerged in October 2012 in response to government plans to attack our terms and conditions, when 200 plus civil servants walked out of work during Francis Maude’s visit to HMRC in Coventry. Since then, we have held a day of action on 14 November to coincide with general strikes across Europe. This led to the PCS union calling a further day of action on 30 November, which our supporters were at the forefront of mobilising for.
With this conference, we aim to cement the CSRF as a platform for workers to take action against austerity and in defence of our livelihoods. Discussion and debate will cover how the Network functions, including national decision making, as well as demands and organising priorities for the coming year.
We’re all feeling the pinch – from frozen pay to increased pension contributions, jobs going and our workload increasing. Now our working conditions are being made worse too. But the union response has been the roar of a paper tiger. If we want to stop the rot, we need to fight for ourselves, in a movement led from below by those at the coalface.
All civil servants and other government workers, including outsourced staff, are welcome to attend and entitled to vote on motions. To indicate your attendance and/or to submit motions for consideration, email CSRFnetwork [at] gmail.com
There will be a pool fare to share the costs of travelling to the conference.
Civil Service Rank & File Network Conference
12pm to 4pm, Saturday 2nd February
Coventry Central Hall, Warwick Lane, Coventry, CV1 2HA (map)
The Facebook event can be found here