signer | 06.10.2004 15:45 | Sheffield
The dole workers are up for striking on that day to defend their jobs and the service. A bulletin to all workers has been circulated calling for PCS (civil service union) members working at Jobcentre-plus to support a day of industrial action.
I think whoever we are, we should suport them. They don't really do much of a job and tend to frustrate claimants by implementing the usual crap - but if we talk to them and meet them at their level (from a point of view of their job and position they hold on us) we could have an exchange of ideas, start relating to each other instead of the usual Us & Them... From speaking to a guy working in Income Support based upstairs at one jobcentre, he mentioned how pretty soon all benefits advice will be located at a "call centre" probably in Lincoln or some other region. This centre would deal with half of the country by a phone and postal service only, which would leave signing on simple but everything else even more frustrating for everyone involved. This is the long term worry facing dole workers/ claimants, reason why they are taking action in the short term.
Some people might say: "why should we support 'fascists' going on strike?" but there's meant to be some good trade unionists involved in this sector, shall we show them solidarity like we did with the bus drivers and make connections?
The future is here.