Previous Article Next Article Jobcentre staff to strike over payOn 16 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Jobcentre and benefit office staff are to stage another 48-hour strike nextmonth in a worsening dispute over pay. The walkout on 13 and 14 April could leave many offices closed for a week, becausethe action will be held immediately after the Easter bank holiday. The stoppage will involve tens of thousands of workers across the UK,following the failure to break a deadlocked row over pay. The Public andCommercial Services (PCS) union said it had been left with no alternative otherthan to call a strike, but stressed it was willing to resume talks with theDepartment for Work and Pensions (DWP). The union has accused the DWP of imposing a below inflation pay rise oncivil servants and of introducing a discriminatory performance appraisalsystem. Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “Unless management take theoffer of conciliation through Acas seriously and get moving on a negotiatedoutcome, we’ll be left with no choice but to call further strike action.” Union members went on strike for two days last month, and have been workingto rule for weeks. But the DWP maintains it has made a good pay offer, anddescribed last month’s strike as ‘indefensible’. GO TO www.personneltoday.com/goto/22541for an interview with the head of the DWPGO TO www.personneltoday.com/goto/22243for analysis of the strike Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.