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Strike action hits across the UK

10 May 2012
Workers on strike in Glasgow
Across the UK hundreds of thousands of public sector workers are on strike in protest at government plans to make them work longer and pay more for smaller pensions.

These are some highlights from around the country:

• At the Welsh assembly, Cardiff, all business has been suspended and Labour and Plaid Cymru AMs have promised not to cross the picket lines
• All national museums in Wales are closed
• At Manchester Crown Court 95% of staff are on strike and no trials have taken place
• At the Metropolitan Police contact centre in Bow, London, just 10 of 60 civilian workers have crossed the picket line. Police officer colleagues have been bringing pickets tea.
• Workers at the GCHQ security centre in Cheltenham are banned by law from striking – so they have been collecting for the PCS hardship fund
• The youth court in Liverpool has been closed by strike action
• Cabinet minister Vince Cable was given a ’68 is too late’ leaflet and took it with him in to work at the business department, Victoria Street, London
• The picket line at Eastbourne jobcentre included employees of G4S on Department for Work and Pensions contracts striking over their own terms and conditions
• Birkenhead, Warrington and Macclesfield county courts are all closed
• There was a picket line outside the jobcentre in prime minister David Cameron’s Witney constituency, Oxfordshire
• 599 of 600 PCS members refused to cross the picket at the Ministry of Defence, Glasgow. Soldiers, who earn 40% more, drafted in to cover their jobs
• Phone lines closed at the Student Loans Company, Glasgow
• Strikers at the Rural Payments Agency in Carlisle featured on BBC radio, ITV and local papers. There was solidarity on the picket line from RMT and Ucatt union members
• For the first time PCS members on government contracts at Balfour Beatty, Glasgow, are on strike over redundancies and pay anomalies
• Brighton office of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is closed
• The Revenue and Customs Wolverhampton Deansgate centre had its strongest strike ever with 81% of members out
• 95% of union members on strike at Wigan jobcentre
• Only one out of six courts sitting at Leicester crown court
• Tate and national museums closed in Liverpool
• Tax enquiry centre closed at Carnbane House, Newry, Northern Ireland.

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