Jobcentre workers to stage strike

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JOBCENTRE Plus workers in Sheffield are preparing to go on strike in an escalating row over working conditions.

Staff in the city centre will be among thousands from across the country staging a 24-hour walk-out.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union based in more than 30 call centres across the UK will walk out on Monday, saying management of showed ‘little willingness’ to resolve the dispute.

In a ballot of the union’s 7,000 members in the call centres, 70 per cent of those who took part voted for strike action. There was a turnout of 43 per cent.

Staff will also strike in Glasgow, Dundee, Newport, Bridgend, Bangor, Halifax, Norwich, Southend, Newcastle upon Tyne, Middlesbrough, Blackpool, Liverpool, Derby, Manchester, Nottingham, Coventry, Exeter and Bristol.

A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “The contact centre staff have good terms of employment including generous holidays and have a good amount of flexibility.”