Job centre and benefits staff prepare for second strike

Thousands of job centre and benefit office workers will strike again next month in a continuing row over government plans to cut jobs.

As part of the government’s Gershon efficiency review, ministers want to cut 30,000 jobs in job centres and benefit offices by 2008.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union have now backed calls for another 48-hour stoppage.

Job centres and benefit offices across the UK closed for two days last month when tens of thousands of staff went on strike.

The date of next month’s stoppage will be fixed on Thursday.


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