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Local MP Louise Haigh slams decision to close Eastern Avenue jobcentre 05/07/2017

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Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh, today said:

“This bogus consultation answered none of the key concerns we put to the department.

They have no idea how much it will save, no idea how much will need to be spent to increase capacity in the city centre and have shockingly refused to even publish the impact assessment before the decision was made.

By pressing ahead with closures in the teeth of opposition from local communities and staff, it is clearer than ever that the Government isn’t interested in communities like ours.

Residents, staff and the local community will rightly conclude that the Government never had any interest in keeping open this vital local service.”

Read more here.

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Eastern Avenue strikers make the front page! 05/07/2017

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PCS People

Eastern Avenue strikers make the front page of the most recent issue of PCS’s national magazine.

Read the whole issue here.

Eastern Avenue staff attend London march 05/07/2017

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London March

Staff from the threatened Eastern Avenue Jobcentre site marched with 1’000s of fellow protesters in anger at the plans to close the vital centre.

Mark Serwotka spoke at the rally at the end of the march and made reference to the Eastern Avenue campaign.

Find out more here:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40468881

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-40469081/thousands-join-anti-austerity-march-in-london

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/not-one-day-more-protest-thousands-gather-in-central-london-for-march-against-theresa-may-a3577596.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/not-one-day-more-london-protest_uk_5957c25ee4b02734df32a783

Photos from Public Meeting about Eastern Avenue 19/06/2017

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A second public meeting as part of the ongoing the campaign to oppose the proposed closure of Eastern Avenue Jobcentre took place on Monday the 12th of June at the Manor Estate Social Club.

Around 75 people from the affected site, local community groups, and members of the public attended.

Speakers Mark Serwotka and representatives from Disabled People Against Cuts, Unite Community South Yorkshire Branch the local PCS Branch spoke passionately about the need to maintain vital public services in the surrounding community.

The meeting was then opened up to all attendees for question and comments.

Full support was given by the meeting attendees to the campaign.

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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save-eastern-avenue

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

Sheffield Live!

http://www.katebelgrave.com/2017/06/why-were-on-strike-eastern-avenue-jobcentre-staff-go-out-against-jobcentre-closures/

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

http://www.shefnews.co.uk/2017/05/18/to-strike-or-not-to-strike-eastern-avenue-job-center-saga-continues/

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/44737/Jobcentre+workers+strike+against+closures+in+Sheffield

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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http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/staff-strike-to-oppose-closure-plans-for-eastern-avenue-jobcentre-1-8575271

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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https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/PCSDWPSHEFFIELD

Eastern Avenue Strike 27/05/2017

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Eastner Avenue Strike Page 1Eastner Avenue Strike Page 2

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.