Government workers strike over cuts in Scarborough

PCS protest outside the job centre with Janet Creighton,Cath Demmon,Peter Wikinson,Lynne Arnison,Gail Johnson.Picture Richard Ponter 132302
PCS protest outside the job centre with Janet Creighton,Cath Demmon,Peter Wikinson,Lynne Arnison,Gail Johnson.Picture Richard Ponter 132302
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Striking government workers have disrupted services in Scarborough, with a picket line forming outside of the job centre in a dispute over public service cuts.

A small band of staff from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) have protested outside the Job Centre in Aberdeen Walk, over the decision to axe the tax enquiry office at Albion House.

They claim that the closure, which is being piloted throughout North Yorkshire, could impact vulnerable people.

Scarborough union rep Lynne Arnison said that around “90 per cent” of the staff at Scarborough’s job centre had struck, although skeleton staff ensured the day-long strike didn’t force the service to close.

She added: “Vulnerable people, older people, people with learning difficulties or even people who just want to speak to somebody face to face will be forced on to the phone.

“It’s short sighted.”

The cuts come into effect from today.

The Scarborough News recently revealed that the job centre will soon be relocating to Albion House.

Bosses hope that the move will be completed by the end of the year.