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Day two of benefit staff strike action.

BENEFITS Agency workers in Nuneaton were starting their second day of strike action this morning in protest at plans to remove security screens from their offices.

Staff formed picket lines outside their office at Mill House, Mill Walk, yesterday and today.

Hundreds of claimants were left unable to collect their benefits after the Public and Commercial Services Union members voted for a nationwide strike.

They are protesting at plans for new-style Jobcentre Plus offices, which combine Jobcentres and benefit offices.

Benefits Agency workers say there is a rising tide of attacks by violent clients and they need the protection given by security screens.

But the government, which has criticised the timing of the strike, has said security guards and CCTV cameras should be enough to protect staff.

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PROTEST: Benefits Agency workers picket at Mill Walk, Nuneaton with union rep Julian Page (right). Picture: DARRYL SMITH
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 13, 2001
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