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Commenting on the government’s review of employment tribunal fees published during the Article 50 debate, Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said:

“This review, slipped out while MPs are debating Brexit, shows a government not only content with closing off justice for workers but also celebrating a fall in discrimination claims as ‘broadly positive’.

“With the amount of unsuccessful claims rising while successful outcomes have fallen, it is clear this policy is both unfair and counter-productive, and should be scrapped.”

The Public and Commercial Services union will oppose plans announced today (27) to close more than one in 10 jobcentres.

The proposals put thousands of jobs at risk and would mean unemployed people having to travel further to get help getting back to work.

The union, which represents 50,000 of the 80,000 staff in the Department for Work and Pensions, is already campaigning against plans to close half of Glasgow’s jobcentres.

Today’s announcement would mean by March 2018:

Closure of 78 of 714 jobcentres in England, Scotland (including Glasgow previously announced) and Wales, with work and staff transferring to the nearest office
Another 80 jobcentres to be co-located in local authority buildings
Closure of one fifth of the DWP’s 150 non-frontline offices, including benefit processing sites and call centres, with a further 40 only guaranteed to stay open for another three to five years
At least 18 of the threatened jobcentres are outside a commitment previously given by ministers that no site would close if it would take 20 minutes or more to reach the next nearest by public transport.

DWP has refused to rule out making compulsory redundancies.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Jobcentres provide a lifeline for unemployed people, and forcing them to travel further is not only unfair it undermines support to get them back to work.

“We are opposed to these closures and will vigorously fight any attempt to force DWP workers out of their jobs.”

General Secretary Mick Cash said;

"RMT guards members on Southern Rail remain rock solid and absolutely determined in their action in defence of rail safety this morning. Their resilience is a credit to the entire trade union movement.

"These are local people fighting for safe railways for their local communities. Instead of a campaign of threats and intimidation from the basket-case Southern Rail outfit their professional concerns about the implications of axing a second safety-critical person from the trains should be taken seriously.

"The union repeats it's demand for Chris Grayling and the company to get out of their bunker, stop the mud slinging and give RMT and our guards members access to the same talks process that has been set up by the TUC for our sister union in the Southern drivers dispute.



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