Civil Servants working in job centres and benefits agencies are set to hold their next strike on 6 and 7 March. The workers, members of the PCS union, have held two-day strikes on two occasions since mid-December.
The dispute is against the government's decision to remove safety screens from offices in the new merged Jobcentre Plus scheme. Some activists were disappointed that this date, proposed by the group executive committee, means a five-week gap since their last strike. This committee runs the strike and is controlled by the Left Unity socialist group.
They are organising a meeting for a delegate from every branch next Saturday, 23 February, in Leeds to discuss the way forward. The last strike was strong amongst Benefits Agency workers but there were weaknesses in the job centre offices. The meeting in Leeds is an opportunity for activists to plan how they widen support for the next strike.
Around 750 PCS members working in the trial Pathfinder offices are still on all-out strike across Britain. Some have been on strike since 4 September last year. Most of the workers began their strike on 22 October.
The offices are in Birmingham, Streatham in south London, Gateshead, Greenock, Derby, Winchester, Brent in west London, and Wallasey on Merseyside.