DWP will be hit by 'week-long strikes beginning at midnight'

The Department for Work and Pensions could be hit by chaos later this month when staff walkout of Jobcentres in a row over pay. The DWP will see security staff ramp up strikes this month in an ongoing dispute over pay and salaries.

Members of the GMB union on DWP’s security contract with G4S Solutions have scheduled four week-long strikes beginning at midnight on 17 June and 1, 15 and 29 July. Around 200 PCS members on the same contract will also walk out for seven days starting at midnight on 17 June, the union has announced.

In a statement, PCS said: “G4S, which turns over billions of pounds every year, is a minimum wage employer and continues to refuse to pay a decent pay increase to a group of workers, many of whom face violence in the workplace every working day.”

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“We demand that G4S gets back round the table and starts to meaningfully address the chronic low pay experienced by a group of workers who put their bodies on the line every day to keep civil servants and the public safe,” it added.

GMB said: "We are still pushing to meet at ACAS with DWP too, in order to resolve this dispute, and have offered to even hold discussions at our GMB Congress if that suits the Company. We will continue to keep you updated and we’ll shortly be able to circulate a link to all the messages of solidarity that we have received."

"We continue to get stronger and members are taking the lead in this dispute, which is brilliant to see. We have now submitted further dates for action in order to reinforce to G4S that we are serious about dignity, respect and decent pay," it added.

The strike dates are:

Week of strikes from 00.00 (AM) on Monday 17th June 2024 to 23.59 on Sunday 23rd June 2024
Week of 24th June back to work for the week.
Week of strikes from 00.00 (AM) on Monday 1st July 2024 to 23.59 on Sunday 7th July 2024
Week of 8th July back to work for the week.
Week of strikes from 00.00 (AM) on Monday 15th July 2024 to 23.59 on Sunday 21st July 2024
Week of 22nd July back to work for the week.
Week of strikes from 00.00 (AM) on Monday 29th July 2024 to 23.59 on Sunday 4th August 2024