Union claims court delays amid strike action

The PCS union claims some court proceeding are being delayed today by strike action.

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Nottingham Magistrates Court - Down to 2 courts from 11. Delaying sentencing in high profile case v. 19 climate change protesters. #pcsm20

Pickets are also on duty outside Government offices and other departments, including the Office for National Statistics in London where the latest unemployment figures have been published.

PCS members handed out leaflets which say the dispute is the most serious ever faced by the union.

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Budget day strike action

Civil servants will stage a 24-hour strike on Budget day today, in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions.