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Save BIS Sheffield – Support Sheffield March for Jobs! 30/03/2016

Posted by pcsdwpsheffield in Uncategorized.












To: All members in Yorkshire and the Humber

Save BIS Sheffield – Support Sheffield March for Jobs!

On 28 January the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced the closure of the Sheffield site by January 2018, affecting 250 jobs. Taken together with other closures including, HM Revenue and Customs Sheffield site, the overall loss of jobs to the city is 500.

The current government obsession with cutting the civil service is threatening extremely damaging cuts, closures and redundancies. There is an emerging pattern of withdrawing functions entirely from locations which have previously had a considerable civil service presence.

What Northern Powerhouse?

BIS is the Department with key responsibilities for delivering the “Northern Powerhouse”. The closure announcement therefore calls into question the government’s commitment to Sheffield and the North generally. BIS is a major employer, providing good quality public sector jobs in an area hit hard by the closure of manufacturing industries such as steel.

How can the government possibly claim to be committed to a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ while at the same time pulling so many jobs out of a major northern city?

Support the Sheffield march for jobs on 9 April

The PCS BIS Group has acted quickly to defend jobs in Sheffield.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka will be the key speaker at a major march and rally in Sheffield on 9 April, organised by PCS and Sheffield TUC to save Sheffield jobs.

Assemble: 12.00 noon Devonshire Green, Sheffield S3 7SG

March to City Hall for rally and speakers

Confirmed speakers include PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka, Leader of Sheffield City Council Cllr Julie Dore and TUC Regional Secretary Bill Adams.

All PCS members and their families are encouraged to attend this important rally. Don’t allow this government to abandon Sheffield and send jobs back to Whitehall!

Marion Lloyd

NEC Liaison Officer and BIS Group President

Simon Elliott

Regional Secretary





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