Civil service strikes and rally
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.