Charity Commission closed Liverpool contact centre because of strike

Half of all the regulator's staff went on strike yesterday in action organised by the Public and Commercial Services Union

Charity Commission, Liverpool
Charity Commission, Liverpool

The Charity Commission closed its contact centre in Liverpool yesterday as about half of its staff took part in strike action over cuts to pay, pensions and working conditions.

A spokeswoman for the commission said that 167 of its 322 staff were taking part in strike action organised by the Public and Commercial Services Union.

When the PCS organised a strike in November 2011, 246 of the commission’s then 370 employees did not attend work.

The commission said that because of staff shortages a decision had been taken to close its Liverpool-based contact centre yesterday. It is open as usual from today.

A spokesman for the PCS said that about 78 per cent of its 270,000 members took part in strike action yesterday.

The strike will be followed by a half-day national walkout on 5 April and other national and sector-specific strikes and protests over the next three months, the spokesman said.

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