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PCS: Union holds welfare reform meeting in Parliament

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) will be joined John McDonnell MP and four other high profile speakers at a public meeting on welfare reform on Tuesday 21 October.

The meeting from 3-5pm in the House of Commons Committee Room 11 will also hear from, Kate Green, Child Poverty Action Group, Phil Davies, GMB national secretary, Richard Exell from the TUC and Colin Hampton of the Unemployed Workers Centre Combine.

The meeting comes the day before the consultation on the government's controversial welfare reform green paper comes to end. The proposals have provoked widespread opposition which include a harsher benefits regime for a range of service users, including lone parents, unemployed workers and disabled people.

The government also propose to extend the privatisation of core employment service provision using a business model called 'right to bid,' as well as paying contractors by results.

The meeting is an opportunity for all those who share our concerns on the green paper to come together in a united response.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

* For further information, interviews and comment please contact Alex Flynn PCS national press officer on 020 7801 2820 or 07833 978216.

* PCS, the Public and Commercial Services Union is the union representing civil and public servants in central government. It has more than 300,000 members in over 200 departments and agencies. It also represents workers in parts of government transferred to the private sector. PCS is the UK's sixth largest union and is affiliated to the TUC. The general secretary is Mark Serwotka and the president is Janice Godrich.

Alex Flynn
National Press Officer
Public and Commercial Services Union
160 Falcon Rd
London SW11 2LN

Direct line: 020 7801 2747
Mobile: 07833 978 216
Fax: 020 7924 1847

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