Jobcentre workers to stage 24-hour strike

Jobcentre workers are staging a 24-hour strike on Monday in continuing protests over the closure of offices.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) will walk out in Plymouth, where the union says 50 job losses are threatened and 350 employees will be forced to relocate to other sites.

PCS official James Davies said: "Staff will now be at risk of redundancy and the service they provide for claimants will be drastically weakened."

Union members are also taking industrial action in protest at the closure of a Jobcentre in Sheffield.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "The Government needs to seriously rethink its current strategy of office closures."

A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokesman said: "The changes we are making to our estate across the country will offer a more efficient service, and deliver good value for the taxpayer - saving over £140 million a year, for the next 10 years.

"We're committed to finding DWP staff alternative employment while keeping redundancies to a minimum. The vast majority of our employees will remain in their current offices while others will move to nearby DWP sites."

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