Protest over job losses and pay cuts

ANGRY civil servants from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) in Weston caused chaos on Tuesday when they held a protest outside their offices to campaign against job losses and pay cuts. Staff from Job Centre Plus, based in High Street, and st

ANGRY civil servants from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) in Weston caused chaos on Tuesday when they held a protest outside their offices to campaign against job losses and pay cuts.Staff from Job Centre Plus, based in High Street, and staff from Weston's Inland Revenue and Customs office in Grove Road, drew up placards and stood outside their workplaces all morning to campaign against Government cuts.The strikes were planned for the day self assessment tax forms were due in and more than 200,000 civil servants in over 200 Government departments, agencies and public bodies joined the mass walk-out.The employees were protesting about the Government's decision to cut more than 100,000 civil service jobs, reduce pay and privatise and centralise services.Richard Capps, local PCS representative, said: "The message of our campaign is that the Government can't arbitrarily cut staff without it having a negative impact on public local services such as family and housing benefits and tax credits."The people the Government is seeking to axe provide vital local services that touch everybody's lives. It is time the Government started treating its own workforce with the respect it deserves, by addressing endemic low pay and recognising that you need civil and public servants to deliver public services.


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