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Wirral workers strike over pay cuts and pensions
10:54am Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
WORKERS across Wirral are staging a walk-out today in response to pay cuts and pension changes.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) are on strike as the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivers the budget today.
Picket lines have been set up at courts, jobcentres and offices across the borough as staff attempt to make a stand.
The PCS, which has around 250,000 members taking part in the walk-out, says Government ministers have refused to negotiate them and left them with no other option than to strike.
Among the issues being contested is a four-year pay freeze which workers say has left many struggling to make ends meet.
Admin worker Jenni Bowker, who was on the picket line outside Wirral County Courts this morning, said: “We just want to get back into negotiations so that we can work something out but they won’t listen to us.
“We have asked for a 5% pay rise as we haven’t had one for four years and it is effectively a pay cut in real terms. I have children and it is a real struggle under these conditions.
“We would have liked to see our court judges come out to support us today because they will be fighting for their own pensions in just a few weeks.”
A half-day strike by PCS members has also been planned for April 5.