Belfast Telegraph

Jobcentre staff stage UK-wide walkouts

A strike by thousands of Jobcentre Plus staff in an escalating row over working conditions and claims of a "target-driven culture" was said to be solidly supported.

The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) said picket lines were mounted outside more than 30 call centres in the UK where staff walked out for 24 hours. The union said the workers, many of whom had never taken industrial action, were receiving "massive" support from members of the public.