Barnsley Unite Community Members leafleted the Job Centre today to inform claimants about their rights if sanctioned. The sanctions leaflet can be read here.

And also to let the people of Barnsley know about what services we have on offer in the Community Centre. For example, our weekly computer class and library.

We met one lady who was sanctioned after she turned up late to sign on, as her brother passed away last night. As well as numerous workers who had been sacked without notice from agency work, we must carry on our vital work within our communities and spread the message of solidarity.

We also handed a letter to PCS staff explaining our intentions (see below). Please get in touch if your group or branch needs materials to run your own stall.

To PCS Members in Barnsley DWP office

This week on Tuesday the 15th of July Unite Community will be holding a stall outside the Barnsley DWP Jobcentre Plus office to highlight the Coalition Government’s unfair and unjustified attacks on the benefits system and on the unemployed, the sick and disabled and their families who rely on these benefits.

We ask you to support the action in any way you can. I want to emphasise that this stall is not aimed at DWP employees/PCS members who we know are under similar attack from this Government in terms of job cuts, increased threats of disciplinary measures and a squeeze on pay and conditions. We want to make common cause with you as our fight is your fight and vice versa.

Instead this information stall is aimed at the Government’s savage policy of cutting £30 billion out of the benefits system and forcing people off benefits through measures like the cruel sanctions regime and the discredited Work Capability Assessment.

Yours in Solidarity

Barnsley Unite Community Branch

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