Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Workers Walk Out

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Workers Walk Out

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Byline: Ian Mcneal

Civil servants across Teesside have begun two-day strike action in a row over pay - bringing disruption to benefits offices and job centres.

Around 1,200 Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) employees across Tees Valley are staging industrial action as part of a nationwide dispute.

Despite the walkout by members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, job centres in Middlesbrough and Eston opened to the public today.

Brian Morrison, PCS North-east regional secretary with the DWP, said support for the action has been strong.

Speaking on the picket line he said: "We have seen the odd straggler going in but these have been temps who are unable to come out on strike and have given us their support.

"The pay levels for a lot of our members are appalling and many of them are having to claim the benefits they are paying out.

"We are committed to tackling low pay and this is an attempt to make the public aware of the situation. …

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