Week long strike at Sheffield Eastern Avenue jobcentre begins

12 Jun 2017

Following an earlier one day's strike action last Friday (2 June), PCS members are on strike all this week in their dispute over plans to close the jobcentre.

PCS members at the jobcentre on Eastern Avenue in Sheffield are taking action to protest against the planned closure of the jobcentre, which provides vital services to the local community.

Out of around 50 members who were on strike today, about 35 were out on the picket line outside the jobcentre on Eastern Avenue.  

The TNT delivery driver refused to cross the picket line to make a delivery to the jobcentre and there were solidarity visitors from Unite Community, Disabled People Against the Cuts, the Labour party, Green party, Derbyshire Unemployed Workers' Centre and Unison. 

Rallying support

There is a meeting at 7pm this evening in support of the campaign to keep Eastern Avenue open, addressed by PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, at Manor Estate Social Club, 794 City Road, Sheffield, S2 1GN. The rally will be chaired by PCS DWP group president Fran Heathcote and other speakers will include a local DWP rep, local MPs and councillors and representatives of Unite Community and Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC). The meeting will discuss how the campaign can be developed and taken forward.

How you can help

  • If you’re in the area, please come along to the picket lines outside the jobcentre and attend the rally tonight.
  • Messages of support should be sent to Leeds@pcs.org.uk
  • Donations to the PCS Fighting Fund should be sent PCS DWP Group, 3rd Floor, Town Centre House, Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8LY or can be made online via the PCS website.

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