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16 October 2013
When the latest plans for cuts in benefits were announced, familiar trumpets were blown about the Work Programme and Mandatory Work Activity (MWA), writes Sean Dempsey
10 April 2013
At one o'clock on 5 April, members of the civil servants' union PCS took a half day's strike action as part of their campaign against the government's austerity measures
13 August 2012
Jobcentre staff who deal with calls on benefits are striking today over oppressive working conditions
13 June 2012
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.
29 February 2012
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
1 February 2012
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
28 October 2011
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...
12 October 2011
Pensions: The National Pensioners Convention is launching a Rights in Retirement campaign week from 24 to 29 October 2011, writes Terry Pearce
28 September 2011
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...
19 July 2011
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...
13 May 2011
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...
13 April 2011
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
8 April 2011
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...
30 March 2011
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.
9 March 2011
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...
19 January 2011
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.
12 January 2011
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.
11 November 2010
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...
30 June 2010
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...
9 June 2010
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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