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The Socialist 4 December 2013

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Corporate Killers!

Boris - it's the system, stupid

SNP's white paper will not deliver decisive change

We need mass house building

Build action to save our NHS!

Them & Us


The fight against low pay in the United States


Kent: Unions and parents unite against all the cuts

Fracking comes North...

Council uses court against Bedroom Tax victims

Support the fightback in Con-Dems' Dickensian Britain


London TUSC groups plan for 2014 elections


Save our fire service!

Npower job cuts must be fought!

Universities: second coordinated strike over pay

London University: strike by support staff

Support striking St Mungos workers

Civil service union calls for an end to violence in Jobcentres

Workplace news in brief


Is workfare coming to Morrisons?

Film review: Catching Fire

Why I believe in socialism

 
 
 
 

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Civil service union calls for an end to violence in Jobcentres

The trade union branch representing Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff in Lincolnshire has appealed for an end to violence in local Jobcentres after a man was arrested following an incident involving a meat cleaver in the Lincoln office. The DWP Lincolnshire branch of the civil servants' union PCS represents nearly 500 staff working for the government department in Lincolnshire.

Branch secretary and Socialist Party member Nick Parker said: "Front-line jobcentre staff do a vital job to provide a helping hand to benefit claimants who find themselves out of a job to get them back on their feet and into work. Staff are doing this on deteriorating rates of pay and with increasing workloads. They have a right to be able to go about their daily working lives without the threat of being attacked or abused by a small minority of people whom they serve.

"There is a rising trend of unacceptable behaviour taking place in offices across the country, with many such incidents linked to benefit changes such as sanctions, the abolition of crisis loans, and re-assessment of sickness benefits. PCS warned the government that austerity policies would put our members at risk, and sadly this prediction is coming true. Tens of thousands of jobs in the DWP have also been cut since 2010.

"PCS is committed to strengthening the health and safety protection for our members, staff and the public when incidents like this occur. The government should listen to PCS and a growing number of campaign groups and immediately withdraw and reverse all cuts to our society's welfare state."


In this issue


Socialist Party news and analysis

Corporate Killers!

Boris - it's the system, stupid

SNP's white paper will not deliver decisive change

We need mass house building

Build action to save our NHS!

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

The fight against low pay in the United States


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Kent: Unions and parents unite against all the cuts

Fracking comes North...

Council uses court against Bedroom Tax victims

Support the fightback in Con-Dems' Dickensian Britain


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

London TUSC groups plan for 2014 elections


Socialist Party workplace news

Save our fire service!

Npower job cuts must be fought!

Universities: second coordinated strike over pay

London University: strike by support staff

Support striking St Mungos workers

Civil service union calls for an end to violence in Jobcentres

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Is workfare coming to Morrisons?

Film review: Catching Fire

Why I believe in socialism


 

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