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Benefits workers line up for 2-day strike

CIVIL Service staff who administer the despised universal credit benefits system are to strike for two days over “intolerable workloads and insufficient staff recruitment.”

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) at universal credit centres in Wolverhampton and Walsall will strike on May 28 and 29.

The government is mounting a costly nationwide advertising campaign promoting universal credit.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Instead of trying to solve this ongoing dispute over workloads and recruitment, ministers are spending thousands on a propaganda campaign to promote a failed universal credit system.

“It is shameful that the minds of minsters are not focused on claimants or staff but instead on covering up for their own abject failures.

“This strike will send a message that we as a union will not stand idly by while our members are treated with contempt and ministers run universal credit into the ground.”

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