Jobcentre staff begin 48 hour strike

Thousands of Jobcentre staff across the country began a 48 hour strike today, over job cuts by the Department of Work and Pensions.

Submitted by Steven. on January 26, 2006

There have been approximately 15,000 job losses in the DWP, and the department seeks to cut jobs by a total of 30,000 by 2008. Recently, upto 1,000 staff have been leaving the department per month.

Job losses have led to significant delays and bottle necks of benefits claims across the company, with the PCS union saying "services are frequently on the verge of collapse".