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Equality and Human Rights Commission workers strike

by Patrick Ward
Issue No. 2291

Workers at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) struck this morning (Thursday) over the threat of huge redundancies.

PCS members picketed offices in London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Cardiff.

Up to 250 EHRC workers face losing their jobs across the country, out of a workforce of 400.

Razia Karim, one of the striking workers at the London offices, told Socialist Worker she was pleased with the level of support for their action.

“It isn’t just the workers here who are affected,” she said. “It’s the elderly, the disabled and the poor—the most vulnerable sections of society.”

The half-day strike came after a pause in action for negotiations. The PCS called talks with management “fruitless”. The workers previously struck last summer.

They are angry that the job cull will not affect highly paid management consultants, but will lead to services being slashed.

Brid, also in London, said the level of the cuts were “a big shock”.

“They’ve already got rid of grants and helplines,” she said. “And the people who remain will have to take on more work.”

Several members of the Unite union were also on the picket line in solidarity. And other local trade unionists, including from the Unison union, also came to offer their support.

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Thu 23 Feb 2012, 13:30 GMT
Issue No. 2291
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