Our members at Sheffield Eastern Avenue jobcentre today begin a second week-long strike against the government’s closure plans.
The strike has again been very well supported as members remain determined to save the jobcentre and retain the services it provides within the community.
The area covered by Eastern Avenue is one of the most deprived in Sheffield, yet DWP recently confirmed it intends to press ahead with the closure.
This week's walkout follows six previous days of strikes held on 2 June and the week beginning 12 June.
There was a large picket line outside the jobcentre this morning, supported by reps from other PCS workplaces and Unite Community, Derbyshire Unemployed Workers, Barnsley Trades Council and other local community activists.
We also received generous donations to the strike fund from Barnsley and Rotherham trades councils.
There will be a picket at Eastern Avenue every day from 7.30am.
Our general secretary Mark Serwotka sent this message of support to the strikers: "I send my solidarity to all those on strike today and over the coming week. Your dedication to public service and the principled issue of serving a local community is inspiring and members at Eastern Avenue have the union’s full support.
"The Eastern Avenue jobcentre is located in one of the most deprived parts of Sheffield and provides a vital service to the local community. I am proud to stand with you against the government’s cynical closure and I condemn the DWP’s refusal to release the equality impact analysis.
"We will not stop in our fight against the closure of the jobcentre and we will continue to defend the work you do providing such a vital service to the public."
How you can help
- Support the picket line at 19 Eastern Avene, Sheffield S2 2FZ
- Send messages of support to Leeds@pcs.org.uk
- Donations to our fighting fund can be sent to PCS DWP group, 3rd Floor, Town Centre House, Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8LY, or made online