Job cuts and closures - what action for your area?

Branch reps are to be consulted on specific action members in their sectors could take over job cuts and office closures.

The national campaign will focus heavily on targeted industrial and political action, planned by workplace and group activists to tie in with their members’ issues.

A recent announcement to close more than one in 10 UK jobcentres was widely condemned by MPs during a debate in the Commons, and PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka vowed to “vigorously fight any attempt to force DWP workers out of their jobs”.

PCS reps and members in Glasgow have been campaigning hard against plans to close eight of the city’s 16 jobcentres - a move MPs called "bereft of logic and…compassion”.

The branch has worked with community members, local activists, staff from other services, MPs and MSPs and the media, to bolster their campaign.

PCS president Janice Godrich and chair of the union’s parliamentary group, Chris Stephens MP, will speak at a public meeting against the cuts in Glasgow on 18 February.

In other developments:

  • PCS is mounting a joint legal challenge against redundancy payment cuts - we’ve been advised ministers may have acted unlawfully by cutting the terms of the civil service compensation scheme (CSCS) and failing to properly consult.
  • The government’s spending watchdog said HMRC’s plans to close almost all of its 170 offices were “unrealistic” and could lead to higher job losses than estimated. Read the National Audit Office’s report here.
  • The closure of courts, tax offices, a DWP office and driving centre in Wales was raised during Prime Minister’s Questions.
  • Staff at the Equality and Human Rights Commission are facing compulsory redundancy as part of massive budget cuts being fought by PCS and Unite. Members have taken five days of industrial action so far. Find out how to support them.
  • PCS held a drop-in session for MPs in parliament, about drastic plans to close 91 MoD sites across the UK, which PCS opposes.
  • In light of the need for sustained industrial action on several fronts, PCS is asking members to donate £2 a month to the Fighting Fund.

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