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16 October 2013
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
3 July 2013
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
5 June 2013
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.
29 May 2013
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)
8 May 2013
Over 200 PCS members in the Sheffield DWP contact centre took a day of strike action to support unfairly sacked union rep Lee Rock
30 November 2012
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
21 November 2012
Mandi, from Lewisham in south east London, is in constant pain and has been unable to work for seven years
5 September 2012
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...
4 September 2012
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...
23 August 2012
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22 August 2012
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.
13 August 2012
Jobcentre staff who deal with calls on benefits are striking today over oppressive working conditions
6 June 2012
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...
11 April 2012
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.
29 February 2012
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
8 February 2012
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.
14 December 2011
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.
28 October 2011
The Public and Commercial Services union has condemned plans to close 19 jobcentres across the UK as unemployment rises, announced by the Department for Work and Pensions today...
28 September 2011
A year of countless hopeful, un-replied-to applications and a few disappointing interviews. My sense of dread in the jobcentre was even greater than usual with the prospect of the Work Programme...
1 August 2011
IT workers who maintain the records of millions of people for the Department for Work and Pensions have voted for industrial action over plans to offshore their work, the Public and Commercial Services union has announced...
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