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Posted on 1 May 2013 at 14:31 GMT

Education civil servants' walkout this afternoon

Civil servants in the Department for Education are walking out on strike at 3pm this afternoon, 1st May, in opposition to the closure of half of the department's 12 offices in England.

This includes Runcorn, where low-paid staff will be forced to move or commute to Manchester to work in a building that is due to be demolished.

Around 500 jobs are at risk across the sites.

PCS union general secretary Mark Serwotka said in a press release: "Ministers are ignoring all reasoned argument and pressing ahead with cuts and closures that are clearly purely political.

"As it slashes half of its budget and plans to cut a quarter of staff, the DfE is yet to say what it will not do in future and we fear vital public services, such as ensuring children are safe at school and supporting special educational needs, will be put at risk."

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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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