Protesters rattle Iain Duncan Smith in Bootle

Today (Friday 29 June), Iain Duncan Smith went to Bootle in what was planned as a low-key visit to Department for Work and Pensions offices. Instead it was the scene of a lively picket where local trade unionists and activists had gathered to oppose the capinet minister’s arrival.

Members of Bootle Taxes Branch were amongst the PCS delegation. Members of the Unite Union community branch, Solidarity Federation, Anarchist Federation and Socialist Party also took part.

Protesters prevented Mr Duncan Smith’s car from entering the car park at St Martin’s House, in Bootle. As a result, the minister got out to take a letter from PCS regional secretary Peter Middleman and agreed to meet immediately after his visit to the Department for Work and Pensions site.

We were able to give him the facts behind the ongoing dispute in Merseyside jobcentres that led to a three-day strike earlier this month, and he agreed to look again at the unrealistic targets for staff in DWP call centres.

The union has published a series of posters that DWP management have banned from noticeboards in call centres, which show the effect of draconian working conditions.

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