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As was to be expected the propaganda war has already started after the first day of strike action. One the one side is the government claiming that the PCS action had little effect as only 80,000 PCS members took strike action on Monday, March 8th, as compared to the PCS figure from the front line of over 200,000. This shows that the battle is not only of strike action and resolve but also of words as the government tries to undermine the democratic ballot result of PCS members to defend terms and conditions that were negotiated and settled as far back as 1986. It would seem that the anti-union government of Margaret Thatcher was prepared to agree a deal with the civil servants unions which the present Labour government is now trying to unilaterally rip up in order to save money on future redundancies. Working people are yet again being forced to pay the price for a capitalist crisis that they did not cause.