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Benefit claims staff face job cuts


Monday October 10th 2011

The Public and Commercial Service Union (PCS) has reacted to news that hundreds of workers who process benefit claims for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) could be made redundant in a significant cost-cutting exercise.

PCS warned that 350 employees in 13 centres across England, Scotland and Wales earmarked for closure could lose their jobs, and expressed disappointment that the news of the compulsory redundancies was broken on the department's internal employee website.

The union also complained that staff were not given prior warning that their jobs could be on the line, before the news spread across the internet.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "With unemployment high and expected to rise, it is reckless and provocative to cut hundreds of jobs in our benefits system, particularly when there are centres that can't cope and are recruiting new staff."

A DWP spokesman said: "We've made sure that all staff affected have the option of moving elsewhere in the organisation and have already redeployed the vast majority of them."

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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