Members of the PCS union who work in Midlands offices of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are on strike again on Wednesday June 5th.
PCS members in the DWP are angry because:
* 20,000 jobs have been cut in the DWP since May 2010
* Years of pay restraint has seen our living standards drop by 20%
* We are all be affected by planned cuts in our terms and conditions
* Targets, attendance management andpeople performance mean more stress
* Their pensions have been attacked.
* The government say they won’t talk about these issues
In HMRC Government plans to close every HMRC public enquiry office with the loss of 1200 jobs and an essential service to the public.
Support PCS by attending picket lines from 7.30 am and the public rally at lunchtime:-
Public Strike Rally
Wednesday June 5th
11.30 am – 1.00 pm
Stockland Green Against the Cuts and Erdington Against the Cuts jointly held a successful meeting on the Bedroom Tax on Wednesday 23rd May. What was very encouraging was that of the 40 people present, at least 25 were new to anti-cuts activity. About ten of those present were directly affected by the Bedroom Tax.
Save Handsworth Leisure Centre
No Cuts-No Privatisation
Saturday 1st June
Handsworth Leisure Centre Dance Studio, Holly Road, Handsworth, B20 2BY
West Midlands Unite the Resistance are holding a conference in June – The Fight Against Austerity. As the ConDem coalition continues to follow a counterproductive austerity agenda which is failing to reduce the deficit whilst increasing unemployment, we need to come together to build resistance to austerity and the argument for the alternatives.
Wednesday 5th June
The Priory Rooms, Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF
Melissa Benn, education journalist and author of ‘School Wars’, will be speaking at the next
Birmingham CASE (Campaign for State Education) public meeting on Tuesday 11 June 7.15 at the T&G Offices, Broad St, Birmingham (opposite Novotel).
Tuesday 11th June
T&G / Unite offices, Broad Street, B15 1AY
Unite building is accessible with a manual wheelchair but unfortunately the lift is too small for motorised wheelchairs. Accessible toilets are available at the venue.
Cuts in WM Fire Service
Fire Brigades Union condemns cuts involving one fire engine lost, three downgraded, and 34 firefighters’ jobs removed.