PCS members in the Universal Credit Service Centres in Walsall and Wolverhampton began a two day strike today (11), in their campaign for more staff and improved working conditions.
Both sites reported strong support for the dispute, with the vast majority of members taking strike action. There were two separate picket lines at each site and up to 40 pickets in total, about 20 at each, during the course of the morning. Many ordinary members joined the picket lines, and they were supported by Full Time Officers and Fran Heathcote the DWP Group President and acting National President. Members in Walsall were also joined by Gill Ogilvie, the Labour Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Walsall North.
Other UC sites have held car park meetings and demands have been made for extra staffing across the whole network. 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.