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TUC demonstration in Manchester against Tory Party conference 29/09/13 demands Save our NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

TUC demonstration in Manchester against Tory Party conference 29/09/13 demands Save our NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

13 November 2013

Government set back over Independent Living Fund

I was part of a successful legal challenge to the Tory-Lib Dem government decision to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF) by April 2015, writes Stuart Bracking.

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30 October 2013

No offshoring Shared Services!

PCS members who work in Shared Services, providing common services for government departments, are being threatened with privatisation on 1 November, writes Elaine Brunskill.

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21 October 2013

PCS strike in DWP and DEFRA Shared Services

PCS members in Shared Services in DWP and DEFRA will be out on strike next Friday 25th October in an important fight against privatisation

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16 October 2013

Jobcentre staff struggling to cope

When the latest plans for cuts in benefits were announced, familiar trumpets were blown about the Work Programme and Mandatory Work Activity (MWA), writes Sean Dempsey

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3 July 2013

Them & Us

Burger blunder: Picture the scene - the day before Chancellor George Osborne announces more devastation to come our way in the Comprehensive Spending Review, he and his advisors desperately try to think of ways to get people to connect more with him

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5 June 2013

Save the Independent Living Fund

On 10 June, disabled people who use the Independent Living Fund (ILF) and their supporters are holding a 'party' in central London to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ILF and publicise the campaign led by Disabled People Against Cuts and Inclusion London to save it, writes Stuart Bracking.

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PCS national strike, 20 March 2013, pickets in Maidstone, Kent, photo Kent SP

PCS national strike, 20 March 2013, pickets in Maidstone, Kent, photo Kent SP

29 May 2013

PCS conference sends defiant message to the government

PCS conference sends defiant message to the government PCS union delegates met in Brighton for their annual conference last week to review the union's resistance to the Con-Dems' vicious austerity attacks, writes Rob Williams (chair, NSSN)

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Sheffield DWP contact centre strike action on Tuesday 7 May

8 May 2013

DWP contact centre workers strike to support PCS rep

Over 200 PCS members in the Sheffield DWP contact centre took a day of strike action to support unfairly sacked union rep Lee Rock

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PCS members taking action in Plymouth, 30.11.12, photo by Steve Merritt

30 November 2012

Major turnout for PCS demos in Plymouth

Friday 30th November has seen an overwhelming response from PCS members, who aren't prepared to accept attacks on terms & conditions and union allocation time

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21 November 2012

Suffering unworkable benefit assessments

Mandi, from Lewisham in south east London, is in constant pain and has been unable to work for seven years

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Disabled people, family members and anti-cuts campaigners took a protest to the Atos assessment centre in Swansea, photo by Swansea Socialist Party

Disabled people, family members and anti-cuts campaigners took a protest to the Atos assessment centre in Swansea, photo by Swansea Socialist Party

5 September 2012

London Paralympics; protests against disability cuts: "Atos kills, kill Atos!"

London: "Atos kills, kill Atos" could be heard up and down Victoria Street outside the Department for Works and Pensions as campaigners occupied the building as part of a week of protest against cuts to disabled people's benefits...

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4 September 2012

YFJE hits back at Boris Johnson and DWP workfare scheme

Paul Callanan, YFJE (Youth Fight for Jobs and Education) national organiser said: "Having faced the wrath of young people over the work experience scheme, the government and the bosses are coming back for another crack at the whip...

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Remploy reps occupying the HQ of Remploy in Leicester, 23 August 2012

23 August 2012

Remploy reps occupy the HQ of Remploy in Leicester - Video

Updated 16:30pm - Video added

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22 August 2012

In Brief: POA rejects pensions offer

Members of the prison workers' union POA have voted overwhelmingly to reject the final offer on changes to their pension scheme. The main attacks proposed are to force prison officers to work until they are 68 and to change the indexation from RPI to the generally lower measure, CPI.

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Jobcentre call centre workers picketing in Lincoln, 13.8.12, photo Nick Parker

13 August 2012

Jobcentre call centres strike against draconian conditions

Jobcentre staff who deal with calls on benefits are striking today over oppressive working conditions

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6 June 2012

Three-day strike in DWP Merseyside

Across Merseyside, PCS members employed in job centres took strike action between 6th and 8th June. PCS branch secretary Steve Bramwell explained: "Management want to reduce staffing levels in job centres...

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11 April 2012

DWP tells young people to bail out big business

When I last visited the Jobcentre I was given two letters. I was told I should attach them to any CVs or job applications I sent out, writes a job seeker.

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29 February 2012

Interview with a jobcentre worker

What workfare really means: Workfare is a catch-all term used to describe the various unpaid work schemes the government operates through the Department for Work and Pensions

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8 February 2012

Exploiting the unemployed to line the pockets of big business

The introduction of the government's flagship welfare service the Work Programme has been criticised recently in a National Audit Office (NAO) report, writes Katrine Williams, PCS Wales chair.

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14 December 2011

Public sector pensions - where now?

The high court ruled on 2 December that the government was entitled to switch the measure of inflation used for calculating pensions etc from the traditionally higher retail prices index (RPI) to the consumer prices index (CPI), writes Fran Heathcote, PCS DWP national organiser, personal capacity.

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