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Shadow chancellor gives support to Eastern Avenue strikers 13/06/2017

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John McDonnell sent the following message of solidarity to striking DWP members attending a public meeting in Sheffield last night, at the end of the first of five days of strike action.

“I send my solidarity to you in support of the action you are taking. The DWP has forced through this office closure programme with no consideration for either the service or the staff. You have my support.”

Read the article in full here.


Eastern Avenue strikers hold their ground 13/06/2017

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June 12th Picket LineThe Save Eastern Avenue Campaign entered into the second phase of strike of action with a week-long strike starting on the 12th of June.  Members remained solid and only a handful of staff went in to work to defend the threatened site.

On each day the pickets have been out in force and the majority of staff on strike have done their part in showing their strength of feeling by picketing.

Management were forced to ship staff in from other sites to keep the doors opening, but offering a very much reduced service to the public.

Call to support Eastern Avenue Pickets and attend Public Meeting 11/06/2017

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Please help support our campaign to keep Eastern Avenue Jobcentre open by visiting the picket line next week (Monday to Friday from 6.50am) and attending the public meeting with Mark Serwotka (PCS General Secretary) and other guest speakers at 7pm Monday 12 June 2017 at the Manor Estate Social Club on City Road.

Web Articles Reporting on Eastern Avenue Campaign 11/06/2017

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Staff at Sheffield job centre set to walk out over proposed closure

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa – World Socialist Web Site

DWP staff strike over proposed Jobcentre closure | Civil Service World

Eastern Avenue Job Centre must be kept open

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Staff at Sheffield job centre set to walk out over proposed closure

Unite the Resistance | Support DWP Sheffield Eastern Avenue strike on Friday 2 June



Eastern Avenue Strike and Public Meeting 08/06/2017

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Letters of support for Eastern Avenue strikers flood in! 02/06/2017

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Letters of support for the Eastern Avenue Strikers have been received from:-

* Sheffield Trades Union Council
* PCS DWP North East & Mid Wales Branch
* PCS Yorkshire and Humber Regional Committee
* PCS North Wales/North West Revenue and Customs Branch
* Edinburgh Trade Union Council
* PCS Ministry of Justice Northern Wales Branch
* Unite Community South Yorkshire
* PCS DWP Durham House Branch
* PCS DWP Group Assistant Secretary
* Black Activists Rising Against Cuts
* PCS London & South East Regional Committee
* PCS DWP Birmingham South Branch

Thanks to everyone for your kind words of support!

PCS website update on Eastern Avenue strike 02/06/2017

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(Quotes from PCS website-Read article in full here.)

PCS members at the DWP Sheffield Eastern Avenue jobcentre have taken strike action today over the proposed closure of the office which provides vital services to the community.

Today members took a day’s strike action and will take another five days starting on Monday 12 June.

The strike today was very well supported.

Managers from other sites were brought over to keep the jobcentre open to the public but they would have received a much reduced service.

There was a large picket line outside the office with up to 45 members and reps there at one point.  DWP group president Fran Heathcote was on the picket line and other supporters include local Labour candidates Louise Haigh and Paul Bloomfield and Natalie Bennett from the Green Party.

Local rep Jamie Godfrey said, “The massive picket line and support from the community this morning has been great. It shows we are doing the right thing defending our jobcentre from closure and I’m proud to be part of the PCS campaign.”



Sheffield Star coverage of the strike 02/06/2017

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Amazing turnout for first day of Eastern Avenue Strike 02/06/2017

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Eastern Avenue staff and comrades taking part in the first day of strike action in defense of the threatened site:-.


Support the Eastern Avenue Strikers by giving online below! 27/05/2017

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Eastern Avenue Strike 27/05/2017

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Eastern Avenue Ballot Results 22/05/2017

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The Ballot results for Eastern Avenue Strike Action are as follows:-

92% in favour of strike action.
8% against strike action.

96% in favour of action short of strike.
4% in against action short of strike.

The legal threshold for both ballots was exceeded.

PCS National Disputes Committee has agreed for an initial one day strike on the 2nd of June 2017 with further action to be considered.

PCS has written to management with the results and notified them of the first day of action.

Sheffield Live Article on Eastern Avenue Closure Demo 15/05/2017

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Lee Rock Campaign Victory! 10/05/2017

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Lee was dismissed by DWP in February 2013. The branch maintained that he his dismissal was unfair, discriminatory and related to his Trade Union role. After a successful Employment Tribunal Lee was reinstated with and repaid his wages for the 3.5 years from dismissal to his reinstatement. However the union still believed there should be payment made to Lee regarding his treatment. Despite attempts to settle before the ‘Remedy Hearing’ Lee was unable to agree a figure with DWP and the Tribunal awarded Lee £15,000. This figure was higher than the union or Lee expected but goes some way to demonstrate the position of the Tribunal Judge regarding Lee’s treatment.

Lee and the branch reps wish to thank all branch members (and other activists) who have supported us during this campaign. After an extended period of time the matter is now closed and confirms that the union’s initial assessment was correct regarding his dismissal.

Eastern Avenue Members Meeting 24/04/2017

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Eastern Avenue Members Carpark Meeting

Eastern Avenue Strike Ballot 24/04/2017

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Vote Yes PCS

The ballot period for Eastern Avenue staff to vote on whether to take industrial action over the proposed closure of the community jobcentre is due to open on the 28th of April.

Eastern Avenue members will receive their ballot papers soon.  If they have not received them by the 28th members are advised to contact their local reps.

The local branch and PCS GEC recommend a ‘YES’ vote in support of industrial action to save Eastern Avenue Jobcentre.

The local PCS branch is seeking support for the members at Eastern Avenue in the form of donations to the local branch hardship fund, which can then be used directly to sustain any Eastern Avenue strikers or by sending letters of support.

To arrange a donation or send a letter of support please contact Branch Secretary – Tom Bishell here.

Labour Councillors Pass Motion Opposing Eastern Avenue Closure After Opposition Parties Walk Out 24/04/2017

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Labour Councillors pass a motion to defend Eastern Avenue Jobcentre in face of possible closure despite opposition councillors walking out.

“That this Council:-

(a)       opposes the decision to close Eastern Avenue Jobcentre on the basis of accessibility, capacity, impact on the community and inadequate departmental analysis & assessment of the impact itself;

(b)       believes that the process by which these proposals have been announced do not stand alone from the decision itself, with the initial decision having been made without conducting an impact assessment and without a clear picture of those individual claimants or future claimants whom it is likely to affect; including extremely vulnerable claimants with disabilities and mental health problems;

(c)        is concerned that the proposals are putting 70 jobs at risk and believes there are major concerns about whether claimants will be as well supported by a newly reconfigured service, with the local office potentially much further afield for claimants;

(d)       believes that even if these jobs are relocated, the changes to the service will take a large amount of workers out of the local community at Manor Top and this will impact on the area and local businesses;

(e)       notes that this Administration is vocal in its opposition to the damaging impact the closure of the Jobcentre could have on how vital employment support is provided, and believes that there is a need for these services to be as close to people as possible and yet the proposals do nothing for forming a serious joined-up strategy of how employment services should be run;

(f)        believes the proposed closure of Eastern Avenue Jobcentre is a bad decision by this Government and one which will become evidently worse as Universal Credit continues to be rolled out, as people who are in work will have to attend interviews at Jobcentres; and notes that, as such, councillors from this Administration have called on the Government to reconsider its decision; and furthermore, offers full support and solidarity to the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) in its campaign to keep the Centre open; and

(g)       notes that the public consultation has recently finished and that all nine Labour Councillors who represent the communities most affected – Park and Arbourthorne, Manor Castle and Richmond – submitted their objections to the plans, and hopes the Government takes heed of their advice and reconsiders those plans.”

Read the Sheffield Star article here.

End of Eastern Avenue Consultation Demo 06/04/2017

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A great turnout of between 20 and 30 people including community groups  (DPAC and Unite the Community), customers, MPs and staff gathered at the threatened Eastern Avenue site. Joining together in their opposition of the planned closure.

The DPAC representative provided the following photos and video footage of speakers Clive Betts and Martin John.

Sheffield Live cameras were present and a report is expected on Sheffield Live news tonight at 6.30pm.





Save Eastern Avenue End of Consultation Demo 04/04/2017

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Sheffield Branch Delegation attend lobby of Parliament in support of the threatened Eastern Avenue Jobcentre 31/03/2017

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A five strong delegation from Sheffield attended the recent PCS lobby of Parliament to speak to the MPs already on board with the campaign to Save Eastern Avenue and to press their cause with MPs unaware of the plight of Eastern Avenue and its surrounding community.

The lobby was well attended from across the UK with around 100 lobbyists speaking to over 40 MPs.  The MPS that the Sheffield delegation spoke to were fully supportive of the campaign and were asked to support the Early Day Motion to oppose Jobcentre closures (To ask your MP to sign click here.)

A number of speakers including MPs, the PCS Assistant Secretary and representatives of the Disabled People Against the Cuts spoke passionately about the impact and human cost the of closures planned by the DWP across the DWP estate.   Time and again they highlighted the lack of impact analysis and questioned the rationale for the closures.

You can read the PCS official write up here.