Jobcentre pay dispute fuels more strike action

and benefit office staff are to stage another 48-hour strike next month in a
worsening dispute over pay.

walkout, on 13 and 14 April, could leave many offices closed for a week because
the action will be held immediately after the Easter bank holiday.

stoppage will involve tens of thousands of workers across the UK following the
failure to break the pay dispute deadlock.

Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union said it had been left with no
alternative other than to call a strike, but stressed it was willing to resume
talks with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

union has accused the DWP of imposing a below inflation pay increase on civil
servants and of introducing a discriminatory performance appraisal system.

Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: "Unless management take the offer
to go to conciliation service Acas seriously and we get moving on a negotiated
outcome, we will be left with no choice but to call further strike

members went on strike for two days last month and have been working to rule
for weeks.

DWP maintains it has made a good pay offer and described last month’s strike as

an interview with the head of the civil service go to:

analysis of the strike go to:

By Mike Berry

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