Trade unionists in Camberwell, south London, have challenged government plans to close down the local job centre.
Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union have collected 1,900 signatures on a petition to keep the centre open.
Camberwell Jobcentre Plus is one of 22 set to close under Tory austerity plans. There are 2,000 registered unemployed in the London district—with around 40 people chasing each job vacancy. And these figures continue to rise.
If it closes, unemployed people will be forced to spend more time and money on transport.
Managers are now “reflecting” on the plans.
The petition, signed by service users, workers and local people, shows the level of disgust at the planned closure.
PCS activists have called an emergency public meeting with local MP and deputy Labour Party leader, Harriet Harman, at St Giles Church on Tuesday 13 September.
They are building the meeting through lunchtime leafleting sessions outside the job centre, and hope to unite local opposition to the closure.
Public meeting, Tuesday 13 September. 6pm, St Giles Church, Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8JB. All welcome.