Back the PCS campaign to save Whitley Bay jobcentre at our rally on Saturday (12 August), by supporting our strikers from 17-18 August and through our online petition.
Whitley Bay jobcentre, which is due to close next Friday (18 August), is one of more than 100 local jobcentres and back-of-office sites threatened with closure.
We are calling on the Department for Work and Pensions to reconsider its decision and to guarantee the long-term future of vital public services in Whitley Bay. We are campaigning along with Tynemouth Labour MP Alan Campbell to keep the jobcentre open.
We believe closing the jobcentre will be detrimental to many unemployed and vulnerable people in the area. The closure will also affect the local economy and efforts to regenerate the town.
Many local services have already been moved out of towns like Whitley Bay, forcing the public to travel further to access vital services they need.
Closing the jobcentre in Whitley Bay means that claimants will be forced to travel to North Shields, at their own cost, with a risk of sanctions if they are late. The government claims that claimants will not be out of pocket, but in truth some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the area will have to pay the extra cost of travelling to the nearest office in North Shields.
When Universal Credit is rolled out even more people in Whitley Bay will be forced to use money from their benefits to travel to North Shields. Many carers and people with disabilities will suffer as a result. In addition, the closure of the jobcentre will take both jobs and services out of the town, and will be a blow to the local economy.
PCS members to strike 17 and 18 August
Union members at Whitley Bay have voted unanimously on a 100% turnout to strike on 17 and 18 August as a last resort to save the jobcentre.
Get involved to fight the closure
PCS has organised a public rally as part of its campaign against the closure of the jobcentre.
Assemble 11 am Whitley Road (outside Greggs, NE26 2SY)
Rally at noon next to the jobcentre in Whitley Road, NE26 2LY,
- Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell
- Fran Heathcote, PCS DWP group president and national vice president
- A speaker representing unemployed workers.
What else can you do?
- Sign our petition against the closure of Whitley Bay jobcentre
- Keep up to date with the national campaign against closures
- Support the picket lines at the jobcentre on 17 and 18 August (NE26 2LY)
- Donate to the PCS Fighting Fund to support striking members.