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Jobcentre call centre workers picketing in Lincoln, 13.8.12, photo Nick Parker

13 August 2012

Jobcentre call centres strike against draconian conditions

Jobcentre staff who deal with calls on benefits are striking today over oppressive working conditions

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13 June 2012

Workplace news in brief

PCS political ballot: Members of the Public and Commercial Services union have started voting in a ballot on the union's political campaigning strategy, writes Rachel Potter Merseyside Socialist Party.

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29 February 2012

Interview with a jobcentre worker

What workfare really means: Workfare is a catch-all term used to describe the various unpaid work schemes the government operates through the Department for Work and Pensions

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1 February 2012

Only one in six 'vacancies' real

Jaime Davies points out in 'Con-Demned to unemployment' (Issue 702) that there are only 463,000 job vacancies advertised with Jobcentre Plus for 2.5 million unemployed people

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28 October 2011

Madness to close jobcentres says PCS

The Public and Commercial Services union has condemned plans to close 19 jobcentres across the UK as unemployment rises, announced by the Department for Work and Pensions today...

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12 October 2011

Workplace news in brief

Pensions: The National Pensioners Convention is launching a Rights in Retirement campaign week from 24 to 29 October 2011, writes Terry Pearce

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28 September 2011

My impressions of the Work Programme

A year of countless hopeful, un-replied-to applications and a few disappointing interviews. My sense of dread in the jobcentre was even greater than usual with the prospect of the Work Programme...

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19 July 2011

PCS condemns closure of 20 Jobcentres

The planned closure of 20 jobcentres announced to staff this morning (19th July) by the Department for Work and Pensions is "unthinkable and irresponsible" at a time of high unemployment, says the Public and Commercial Services union...

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13 May 2011

Closure of a fifth of benefit processing offices and call centres announced

Jobcentre Plus has been announced that 17 benefit processing sites and five contact centres will be shut, mostly within 12 months, with the loss of 2,400 jobs...

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PCS strike placard

PCS strike placard

13 April 2011

Jobcentre Plus call centre strike

We are not numbers! Jane Aitchison, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) PCS president, explains why PCS members are striking in all Jobcentre Plus call centres on 18 April

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8 April 2011

Jobcentre call centre staff to strike on 18 April

Thousands of Jobcentre Plus (JCP) call centre staff will strike on 18 April after bosses refused to improve working conditions and customer service, the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) has announced...

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30 March 2011

PCS wins ballot in Jobcentre Plus contact centres

PCS DWP group vice president 70% of Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members have voted 'yes' to support strike action to improve working conditions in Jobcentre Plus contact centres across the UK, writes Katrine Williams.

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9 March 2011

Workplace news in brief

Medirest NHS cleaners returned to the picket line on 7 March for a three-day strike in their ongoing battle over unpaid wages and sick pay...

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DWP PCS workers on strike, photo The Socialist

DWP PCS workers on strike, photo The Socialist

19 January 2011

Strike at sweatshop DWP centres

PCS members in Jobcentre Plus who have been compulsorily transferred from benefit processing into contact centres will be taking strike action on 20 and 21 January over our working conditions, writes Katrine Williams, PCS DWP group vice president.

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Youth Fight for Jobs demonstration, November 2009, photo Dave Carr

Youth Fight for Jobs demonstration, November 2009, photo Dave Carr

12 January 2011

More attacks on rights for young workers

The government and the leaders of big business met recently to discuss solutions to the unemployment crisis currently facing young people, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield, Socialist Students national organiser.

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11 November 2010

What the capitalist cuts really mean

EVEN BEFORE the Con-Dem government's cuts hit hard, the economic crisis and neoliberal economic policies are cutting jobs and making job-seeking harder and even more exploited...

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30 June 2010

Thousands of jobcentre workers threatened with dole

Jobcentre workers are reeling this week. Having been told how valuable they have been in getting the country out of recession, this week they were told that 4,000 of them are to be sacked within the next...

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From school direct to the dole, photo Alan Hardman

From school direct to the dole, photo Alan Hardman

9 June 2010

Future of cuts a nightmare for youth

In a recent speech Iain Duncan Smith, the new employment minister, talked about how "aspiration is in danger of becoming the preserve of the wealthy..."

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31 March 2010

PCS budget day strike: Support grows across country

PCS pickets who work on security at the Houses of Parliament were out again in force. One of the pickets who has been working there for 20 years explained that during the last strike extra police were...

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PCS workers on strike at the Passport Office, photo Socialist Party Wales

PCS workers on strike at the Passport Office, photo Socialist Party Wales

10 March 2010

Civil Servants Strike reports (updated)

Members of the PCS civil servants' union took strike action today to oppose the changes to the civil service compensation scheme.

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