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Merseyside DWP workers on strike

by Patrick Ward
Issue No. 2293

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff in Merseyside struck against job transfers on Monday morning.

The workers, members of the PCS union, are angry that 100 admin staff are to be transferred from local job centres to a central call centre.

They say the change will make it much harder for them to provide a decent service to the increasing number of people looking for work.

Rita Berry works at Belle Vale job centre. She told Socialist Worker that the strike was “very well supported”.

“The official turnout is at 95 percent—but I’d not be surprised if it was higher than that,” she added.

“I’m thrilled to bits. There’s been a good impact across Merseyside. The people who crossed the picket lines are senior managers who usually would anyway.”

Several Merseyside job centres, including the one in Toxteth, were completely closed during the strike.

In Huyton job centre workers went in before 9am so that they could walk out together.

“People were saying that we need another day of action if need be,” said Rita.

“The offices are already struggling. Admin staff have already been lost, and that means people coming to sign on are left waiting.”

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Tue 6 Mar 2012, 18:39 GMT
Issue No. 2293
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