Wigan pension fury

PCS picket line outside Wigan Jobcentre
PCS picket line outside Wigan Jobcentre

CIVIL servants across Wigan walked out in a new phase of their pension’s battle.

Staff at workplaces ranging from borough Jobcentres and Wigan Infirmary to Hindley Prison and Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court formed picket lines for the 24 hour long strike.

Wigan branch of the Public and Commercial Services Union, Unite and the Prison Officers Association (POA) said more than 1,600 members had supported to support the call for further industrial action, joining more than 400,000 striking trade unionists nationwide. It was followed by a joint rally at Wigan Unite offices.

Hindley Prison POA Chairman Steve Douglas said members fed and medicated prisoners before returning to a demonstration. He added: “Its scandalous to expect prison officers here at Hindley to work until we are 68, with some of the most violent youngsters in custody the country and a horrendous level of assaults.”