Civil service workers in the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in Bootle, Merseyside, struck for six days from Friday of last week over privatisation.
Up to 60 people gathered on picket lines outside the shared service centre. The 118 workers, who are in the PCS union, are angry at plans to offshore jobs. They provide corporate services such as finance, IT and HR to the Home Office, National Offender Management Service and prison and probation services.
The selloff could put personal data in private hands. The MOJ also plans to privatise its shared service centres in Newport, Wales.
Workers at the Newport site were set to strike on Thursday of this week. Now, boosted by the success in Bootle, they have announced they will strike on Friday too.
Around 1,000 workers are involved in total. The Bootle workers beat privatisation in the 1990s. Now their dispute could set a precedent again, with threats of privatisation for shared services at the Ministry of Defence and HMRC tax offices.
They promise more strikes if the threat of privatisation is not withdrawn.