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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Barrow Jobcentre workers walk out

JOBCENTRE workers took to the picket lines this morning to protest against the government’s proposed reform of pensions.

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Public and Commercial Services Union members pictured outside the Barrow Job Centre - (from left) Nick Sawkins, Anne Humphries and Julie Thompson. JON GRANGER REF: 50033414B001

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union walked out of their posts in Barrow as part of a nationwide strike against public sector cuts.

A band of dedicated PCS members failed to let the wet weather dampen their spirits as they led a picket line outside the Michaelson Road centre.

Although some job centres are reported to be closed in other parts of the country, Barrow’s centre remained open - staffed by a small number of non-union members.

The protestors said the majority of services would be unaffected because advisors’ schedules were cleared in advance of the day.

Although the turnout of protestors was smaller than previous pickets, the group said the majority of PCS members at the centre would not be in work.

Meanwhile, a group of Furness police officers travelled to London today to join thousands of officers in a protest march against budget cuts.

The Police Federation of England and Wales organised the march over 20 per cent cuts to the police budget, which it is estimated will result in the loss of 16,000 officers nationwide.

Lee Skelton, chair of the Cumbria Police Federation, said 100 officers from Cumbria Constabulary would join the march, including about 25 from Furness.

Mr Skelton said 16,000 of the officers involved in the march from Vauxhall Bridge past the Houses of Parliament would wear black caps to symbolise the number of officers that would be lost over four years.

Cumbria police had already seen its number of frontline officers reduce by 100 due to a recruitment freeze, he said.

Today's action is the third major walkout by public sector employees over pension reforms in the past six months. A reported 400,000 workers were estimated to be taking part.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude earlier described the strike as “futile” and insists the protests will not trigger further talks.

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When will these people realise that without the people who pay taxes from their employment with private companies their jobs would cease to exist?

In the current climate where private companies are going into administration willy nilly therefore reducing the numbers of people paying taxes into 'the system' and in fact putting more strain on the benefits system, which is also entirely funded by tax payments, you'd think those in the employ of the taxpayer would keep their heads down.

Posted by Tony on 10 May 2012 at 10:46

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When will these people realise that without the people who pay taxes from their employment with private companies their jobs would cease to exist?

In the current climate where private companies are going into administration willy nilly therefore reducing the numbers of people paying taxes into 'the system' and in fact putting more strain on the benefits system, which is also entirely funded by tax payments, you'd think those in the employ of the taxpayer would keep their heads down.

Posted by Tony on 10 May 2012 at 10:46

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