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Equality and Human Rights Commission strike to defend jobs

by Patrick Ward
Issue No. 2292

Workers at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) struck on Thursday of last week over the threat of huge redundancies.

PCS members picketed offices in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Manchester. Up to 250 EHRC workers face losing their jobs, 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 half-day strike came after a pause in action for negotiations. The workers previously struck last summer.

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

Members of other unions, including Unite and Unison, came to offer support at the picket line.

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Tue 28 Feb 2012, 18:49 GMT
Issue No. 2292
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