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Jobcentres to close on election day as GMB and PCS security guards hold joint strikes

HUNDREDS more jobcentre security guards will go on strike on election day as the Public and Communication Services (PCS) and GMB unions hold joint walkouts over pay. 

More than 200 PCS members will strike for four days “to welcome the new government” and join more than 1,500 GMB members on their 23rd strike day today.

Both sets of workers are employed by outsourcing giant G4S at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

GMB said its members were walking out in anger at a below-inflation pay offer from the company that has left 90 per cent of them paid just the minimum wage.

A recent survey showed they suffer death threats to them and their families from angry customers as well being attacked by dogs and with screwdrivers. 

GMB national officer Eamon O’Hearn said: “DWP and G4S could end this dispute tomorrow. 

“Instead, they’ve made a below-inflation pay offer that would keep these security guards trapped in poverty.” 

PCS general secretary Fran Heathcote said: “It is a scandal how G4S makes millions while exploiting workers like our security guard members in the DWP.

“It is an even bigger scandal that these workers deliver public services on private contracts, enriching the company with taxpayer money.”

PCS members staged seven days’ action over the pay row on June 17, forcing the DWP to close offices to the public.

They will also walk out from July 15 to 21 and July 29 to August 4.

A spokeswoman for G4S, which does not have a recognition agreement with PCS, said: “We urge the union to present our offer to our employees, which is above minimum wage and inflation.”

The DWP was contacted for comment.


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