Civil servants in Bradford district strike over pay and pensions (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Civil servants in Bradford district strike over pay and pensions
Civil servants are walking out today in a strike over pay and pensions.
Members of the Public and Commercial services Union who work in Government departments and its related bodies will also hold a half day walkout on April 5, the end of the tax year.
The union claims the Government will not negotiate on talks regarding cuts to pay, pensions and terms and conditions.
Union members at Shipley Jobcentre held the office’s first ever picket. Twenty of 31 staff are union members, but just two were outside the office, due to cold weather and an early start.
But two staff from the nearby HMRC accounts office joined them.
Rob Thornton from the PCS said some staff had crossed the picket line because their pay was so poor they could not afford to lose a day’s salary.
He said services would be disrupted, but a DWP spokesman said: "We have measures in place to deliver and maintain a service for the public. We expect that everyone entitled to pension or benefit payments will receive them."
A spokesman for the Cabinet Office, which oversees public sector pay and pensions, said it was “disappointing” that the PCS union was walking out.