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Civil service walkout to hit workplaces this afternoon

PCS members are set to take part in a walkout this afternoon Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A walkout by Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members is set to hit workplaces across the UK this afternoon.

Starting at 1pm, PCS members will take part in a half-day strike to tie in with a three month campaign over pay and pension disputes.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "These walkouts, following our strike on budget day, are part of an ongoing campaign of industrial action and protests to put pressure on a government that is refusing to even talk to us.

"We have asked for talks but ministers and senior officials have refused, so we are taking action to oppose and shine a light on what are deeply unfair and unnecessary cuts to the living standards of hard-working public servants."

Public sector workers go on strike

Library picture of public sector strike Credit: Press Association

Civil servants from across the North West will go on strike today in a protest over cuts.

Driving test centres, passport services, courts and other public sector services will face disruption as members of the PCS union take part in the walk out.

Rallies will be held in Liverpool and Manchester at lunchtime.