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Sheffield Branch Annual General Meeting shows solidarity for Eastern Avenue Staff and Community 08/03/2017

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The sixty plus attendees of Sheffield DWP PCS Branch united in solidarity with their colleagues in the threatened Eastern Avenue site and the vulnerable residents of the surrounding community by unanimously agreeing a motion  of support (below) to take to the PCS Annual Conference.

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“This Branch notes the proposal from the DWP to close Eastern Avenue Job Centre.

Eastern Avenue Job Centre serves approximately 6000 local people in Sheffield, including some of the most deprived areas in the country. It also employs 75 people.

The reasons for closure are based simply on reducing costs by cutting the numbers of buildings used by the DWP as part of the Tory cuts to public services.

The proposed closure will have a devastating effect on some of Sheffield’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable residents.

The closure of this Job Centre will result in people having to travel into the city-center to sign-on for benefits and seek help with looking for work etc.

For many this will be at a financial cost that they can ill afford when in receipt of benefits. The alternative to the cost of public transport is one-hour walk each way.

There will also be an additional knock-on effect for the local shops with 75 staff being relocated to the city center and the thousands who use the services being forced to go elsewhere.

This Branch notes and welcomes the support of the local MPs in the campaign to oppose the closure. In particular we note that Louise Haigh, MP for Heeley, spoke at the public meeting organized by PCS and has initiated a petition in opposition to the office closure.

This Branch welcome the decision of the PCS members based at Eastern Avenue to oppose the closure.

We further welcome the decision of union members at Eastern Avenue to be balloted for strike action as part of the fight against closure of the office.

This Branch agrees to give full support to PCS union members and members of the local community to keep Eastern Avenue open as a fully functioning job Centre.

We also agree to increase fund-raising efforts for assistance with strike funds.”

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