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Benefits office staff start strike.

BENEFITS AGENCY staff in Nuneaton began a two-day strike today in protest at plans to remove security screens from their office.

The industrial action, called by the Public and Commercial Services Union, which has 85 per cent membership in Nuneaton, follows action in December.

Hundreds of benefits claimants will not be able to pick up their cash this week but PCS steward Julian Page said that it was necessary to protect staff from the threat of attack.

Speaking from a picket line outside Mill House, in Mill Walk, he said: "The problem is that we have around three serious assaults a week all over the country and what we feel is that the climate we are working in is unsafe without security screens."

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NO ENTRY: Nuneaon pickets (from left) Anna Swan, Julian Page, Scott Dennis, Margaret Graham and Simon Daffern
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Date:Jan 28, 2002
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