Government told 50,000 staff may strike over safety screens

Union
leaders will warn the Prime Minister at a special meeting today that up to
50,000 public servants could walk out over the removal of protective screens in
job centres and benefits offices.

Some
2,400 staff are already refusing to go to work following a number of violent
attacks, which wouldn’t have happened if the transparent screens had been in
place. This is affecting 57 sites including including Aberdeen, Bristol,
Birmingham, Exeter, London and South Wales.

Officials
will raise the increasingly bitter screen dispute along with pay, staffing
levels, pensions and privatisation during the meeting, reports the Guardian
this morning.

Mark
Serwotka, general secretary-elect of union PCS, claimed that lives were being
put at risk by the removal of the screens.

By Mike Broad

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