Lodge House Benefits Workers Striking to defend Jobs and ServicesPCS members at Lodge House in Fishponds have voted to take strike action on Thursday and Friday 20th and 2st January. This is against the proposal to remove benefit processing from Lodge House and convert it to a 'telephony centre' in the short term this will lead to futher deteriotation in the quality of benefit service delivery to unemployed, sick and disabled claimants in Bristol. In the longer term it prepares the way for the privatisation of DWP telephone services and the subsequent closure of Lodge house when a contractor 'rationalises' or even 'off-shores' services to maximise profits. There will be picket lines on both days and the PCS strikers would appreciate visits or messages of support.
East Bristol Against the Cuts Meeting 7th FebruarySecondly, as the Lib-Dem councillors on Bristol City Council sharpen their axes, Bristol and District Anti Cuts Alliance is organising frequent sector and local meetings to build the campaign. A new Easton group will be meeting on 27th February, and the East Bristol group will be stepping up the pressure on councillors and campaigning against other cuts in Eatville, Frome Vale and Hillfields (people from St George, and indeed everyone who works in, uses or values public services in East Bristol are welcome to attend meetings and activities of either group). The next East Bristol meeting will be held at
The Crosskeys Pub, 627 Fishponds Road, BS16 3BA
7:30 PM, Monday 7th February