Over 70 people packed into a meeting comprised mainly workers from the Llanelli benefits office called by the Labour Party to discuss how to oppose the possible loss of 157 jobs due to the proposed closure of the above office. These job losses if they came about would have an horrendous impact on the workers and their families and on the town itself. A town that has already lost most of its relatively well paid manufacturing and heavy industry jobs. There would be no other jobs these workers and if they were lucky enough to find employment it would likely to be paid less than they are currently earning. The meeting was addressed by the Labour MP Nia Griffith and AM Lee Waters and by Carrie Ann Watkins (PCS).
The Llanelli cuts are part of a massive government DWP office re-organisation that would see hundreds of jobs taken from the most deprived areas of South Wales.
The mood of the meeting was angry and did not accept the reasoning of the Tories for this re-organisation. As these are proposals a consultation period is under way and PCS members were urged to participate.
PCS undertook to organise to fight the proposals when all the details and the impact of them became known. Mark Evans brought solidarity from the Unison Local Government Committee representing all Local 22 Government branches in Wales and solidarity from Llanelli Trades Council and the Socialist Party and suggested we set up an action committee to organise support for PCS’s campaign.