WORKERS in Plymouth are set to strike this week in a bid to save jobs and keep a much-needed benefit centre open.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union will stage a 48-hour stoppage this Thursday and Friday as more than 50 people face redundancy due to the proposed closure of a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) centre.
Old Tree Court, which houses both a jobcentre and a working age, was earmarked for closure as part of government plans announced earlier this year to axe large numbers of DWP offices by March 2018.
However, a PCS branch campaign has saved the jobcentre and members are now fighting to keep the remainder of the site open.
The union argues that the plan to close Old Tree Court is short-sighted, as it would produce a minimal saving for the DWP but have a “catastrophic impact” on the staff made redundant as a result.
DWP bosses have rejected PCS proposals that would have avoided redundancies, leaving the union with no option but to call a strike.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “PCS members in Plymouth are making a brave stand to keep their office open and avoid staff being made redundant.
“DWP senior managers, backed up by ministers, are pushing on with their office closure programme with scant regard for the staff it employs.
“There is no need for the DWP to force staff to transfer across the other side of the city and make other staff redundant. We are determined to keep the office fully open.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.