Sheffield campaign steps up with two-week walkout

14 Aug 2017

Our campaign to stop the closure of a Sheffield jobcentre steps up today with the start of a two-week strike.

Our 50 members at Eastern Avenue jobcentre are campaigning to protect services for unemployed, sick and disabled people. The walkout follows week-long strikes in June and July.

Closing the office would remove a vital public service covering one of the most deprived areas of the city, forcing claimants to travel much further to access the services they need to find work.

Many of the claimants are sick, disabled or with young children and the extra journey would make it harder to access employment and training opportunities.

The campaign is building against the government’s plans to axe almost one in 10 jobcentres across the UK.

A demonstration was held outside Whitley Bay jobcentre at the weekend ahead of a strike there this Thursday and Friday, and our members at Hoylake jobcentre in Merseyside have voted to strike later this month.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is due to join our national president Janice Godrich and Labour MP Hugh Gaffney at a demonstration in Coatbridge on Friday 25 August.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell sent a message of support to the Sheffield strikers in June saying: “The DWP has forced through this office closure programme with no consideration for either the service or the staff.”

Our general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “We will continue to fight to save jobcentres that provide a lifeline for unemployed, sick and disabled people.

"It is utterly disgraceful that this Tory government is abandoning our communities."

How you can help

  • Support the picket lines, at 19 Eastern Avene, Sheffield S2 2FZ
  • Send messages of support to Leeds@pcs.org.uk
  • Make a donation to our fighting fund online or by cheque to PCS DWP Group, 3rd Floor, Town Centre House, Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8LY

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