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Civil service strikes and rally

March 8, 2010

Picket line at the Crown Prosecution Service

Picket lines have been formed at several locations across Brighton today on the first day of the national two-day civil service strike by the PCS union. Outside the Job Centre, pickets were bolstered by members of the Brighton Benefits Campaign, while a picket line was also in place outside the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) offices.

In the CPS, only admin-grade staff are organised in the PCS, while prosecutors are in the Association of First Division Civil Servants which does not take strike action. Elsewhere in Sussex 100% union membership at the premises of DVLA prompted management to shut up and lock the doors without the need for picket lines.

Later in the day, there was a strike rally held at the Brighthelm Centre attended by more than 40 people. Union officials spoke from the platform, and contributions from the floor from a striker urging public sector wide industrial action and a supporter of the Brighton Benefits Campaign urging common struggle by Job Centre workers and claimants drew strong applause.

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