Statement on The Strike of Jobcentre Workers

After a second day of strike action by Jobcentre workers in Walsall and Wolverhampton the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) is consulting workers at other sites about expanding the strike.

However, response by claimants online has been mixed and it’s easy to see why. In his speech on the strike, the PCS’s General Secretary said “Our members… work to support some of the most vulnerable members of society”. This disappears the role Jobcentre workers have in making claimants lives’ worse and the vast numbers of normal people being made vulnerable by Universal Credit. Further singling out “concerns over staffing and under investment” he implies that Universal Credit is fixable by Government if it responds to the Union’s demands.

This doesn’t reflect the reality of our lives. Many of us experience Jobcentre workers as oppressors, not martyrs. None of the five demands of the PCS will have a critical impact on this. Universal Credit itself is a tightening of the stranglehold Government has over the poor and a massive step backwards for the lives of claimants.

Until unions start demanding an end to or total restructuring of Universal Credit they must expect their strikes to be seen for what they are: self serving and meaningless demands for reform from those enacting the policies we despise.

Read more:

Universal credit staff to launch two-day strike over workload and low recruitment

PCS Statement on 2nd Day of Strike Action

One thought on “Statement on The Strike of Jobcentre Workers”

  1. I’m not on Universal Credit yet, still on JSA, but those who work in the Jobcentre make my life a misery and cause me a great deal of Stress and Anxiety with their constant bullying, their unwavering negativity, and the unrelenting pressure they place upon me, never happy no matter what I do, no matter how many jobs I apply for, or how many training courses and work placements I’ve done, no matter how much voluntary work I do or how many idiotic back – to – work schemes I have attended, there is no pleasing them and they will never be happy until I either sign off or die. Fuck the lot of them.

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