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Education staff set for further strikes over cuts
CIVIL servants faced with seeing their jobs moved out of a North-East town are set to take part in further industrial action this week.
The Department for Education wants to transfer 480 jobs from Mowden Hall, in Darlington, to an as-yet undecided location in the region.
Mowden Hall workers who are members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union will take part in a 24-hour strike timed to coincide with the budget on Wednesday (March 20).
It will be followed by a second, half-day strike on April 5.
Staff at Mowden took part in a two-hour walkout earlier this month in protest to planned spending cuts and job losses.
A PCS source at Mowden Hall confirmed staff from the centre would be taking part in the walkouts The government said the planned action was futile.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said the strikes were designed to “step up our campaigning for the government to take serious action against wealthy tax dodgers”.