Thursday, 20 March 2008
This week has seen strikes from staff in the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). DWP Management have imposed a three-year pay settlement – this has been overwhelmingly rejected in a ballot of union members – such a settlement would mean a measly average 1% annual increase for many staff and no increase at all in 2008.
Workers have been left with no option but to take strike action after departmental management refused to improve a pay offer that would mean a real cut in living standards. DWP staff are already poorly paid, with more than half on less than £17,700 and some earning as little as £12,500 a year; thousands have to rely on tax credits to make ends meet.