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Civil service workers walking out against 66 percent job cuts

Issue No. 2251

Strikers protest at savage cuts  (Pic: Smallman )

Strikers protest at savage cuts  (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Workers at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) were to stage a one-hour walkout on Wednesday of this week.

It comes after they struck last week in their ongoing battle against cuts.

PCS civil service workers’ union members formed lively picket lines outside EHRC offices in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow.

Bosses want to force through a 68 percent cut to budgets and a 66 percent cut to staffing—devastating the service the EHRC provides.

One London striker said, “Britain pretends to be socially advanced while cutting the one body that fights for disabled and vulnerable people.

“David Cameron and others don’t need anyone to defend them. We are working for those who don’t usually have a voice. If we go, who’s going to be there to defend them? ”

Another added, “People were on the picket line who didn’t take part in the last strike.

“We will be planning the next stages this week.”

The union plans to escalate the level of future action to increase the pressure on management.

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Tue 10 May 2011, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2251
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