PCS members in the Universal Credit Service Centres in Walsall and Wolverhampton to take further two days strike action on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 May, in their campaign for more staff and improved working conditions.
Despite two well supported days of action in March, which had a clear knock-on impact across the whole UC network, DWP have refused to meet the demands of members. In fact they have actually inflamed the situation by announcing that Wolverhampton will become a national telephony site. They have even missed an opportunity to avoid strike action, at least in the short-term, by turning down our request to make FTAs permanent, review the decision on Wolverhampton and properly engage with PCS about improving the staffing situation in UC.
We have held car park meetings in other UC Service Centres, and members in affected Jobcentres are also being consulted. Unless DWP takes action to increase staffing in UC, and reduce the pressure that our members are working under, it is likely that we will see more sites calling for strike action.
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