EHRC workers strike again against the cuts
PCS members at the Equality and Human Rights Commission took their third period of strike action today against plans to close offices and cut jobs.
The Government, which plans to reduce funding by 60%, has been accused of aiming at the destruction of this important service.
Marie, a rep at the Cardiff Office, explained that the cuts could mean leaving Wales with just 8 workers to cover a population of 4 million, no office in North Wales and severe reductions in the service provided to Welsh-speakers in particular. "The government claims they're cutting red tape but in reality they're doing serious damage to the most vulnerable people," she said. EHRC workers battle for the rights of groups who have suffered discrimination and unfair treatment. Topics of discussion on the picketline included the effects on children with disabilities in schools would be affected and how the "reforms" of benefit claims are designed to disqualify those in genuine need.
Jamie, another rep, remarked on the enthusiasm in the office for plans to strike together with other PCS members and other unions on June 30th. Cardiff Against The Cuts, the anticuts committee set up by Cardiff Trades Council, is planning a meeting for Tuesday, 7th June, at 730pm in Cardiff Bus Club on Tudor Street to discuss plans for action on the day.
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