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16 November 2017

Sheffield Eastern Ave Job Centre strike ends

Alistair Tice

Applauded by supporters, PCS members marched back to work this morning at Sheffield's Eastern Avenue Job Centre. After taking 44 days of strike action since June, it was quite an emotional and inspiring moment.

Although the job centre closes tomorrow, the solidarity shown by the around 50 PCS civil service union members who took this strike action, and the example they have set in fighting to keep open a public service in the local community, will long be remembered.

The callousness of this Tory government is highlighted by its attitude towards benefit claimants and disabled people.

Local DWP management's vindictiveness was exposed today by its attempt to unnecessarily disperse the returning staff to their new workplaces ahead of Monday's official transfer date.

However, the union's campaign to keep some sort of outreach service in the local area will continue, and the fighting spirit and solidarity of the strikers will now be taken into their re-deployed DWP offices.

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 16 November 2017 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.