Job cuts protestors hit CBI conference

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Civil service strikers have taken their protest to the CBI conference today; the move follows on from the one-day industrial stoppage held last Friday.

On 5 November, 100,000 civil servants stayed away from work in protest against government plans to axe 100,000 civil and public service jobs.

A huge range of services across the UK were hit by the strike ranging from, driving licences, Jobcentres and benefit offices, to tax credits, tax collection and imports controls, as well museums, galleries and the court service.

Members of the Birmingham PCS union have today extended their protest to the CBI conference in an attempt to get their message across to Gordon Brown who is addressing delegates at the event.

Commenting Phil Bailey Birmingham Inland Revenue representative for PCS said:

"Members are angry that the services they work hard to deliver are in danger of being severely damaged. Following Friday's successful one-day strike we are here today to make sure the Chancellor and the government realise that we won't stand by and allow such savage cuts. The government have got to realise that the path on which they are embarking will impact on some of the very initiatives the Chancellor has championed such as the New Deal and Sure Start. Decent public services need civil servants to deliver them."

The strike was heralded as a success by the union and is said to be the biggest civil service protest in over a decade.

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