A ONE-DAY strike hit public services in South Cheshire on Friday as civil servants protested over job cuts.
The Government announced plans earlier this year to axe more than 100,000 jobs in the public sector affecting benefits employees, the Inland Revenue, courts and prison staff.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents more than 250,000 work-ers nationwide, called the strike to show the strength of opposition to what it sees as arbitrary cut-backs which will seriously damage agencies the public rely on.
Workers represented by the PCS in Crewe set up pickets outside the Jobcentre Plus offices in Wellington House in Delamere Street and the Inland Revenue offices in Oak Street.
Mark Fisher, branch vice-chairman of the PCS, is an incapacity benefits adviser and led protests outside Wellington House.
Mr Fisher, 48, from Shavington, said: 'Over 100 jobs are at risk in our department and a whole floor could close within 18 months.
'The Department for Work and Pensions plan to centralise operations in Chester, and although they are offering staff the chance to relocate, the travelling costs involved make the proposal highly unattractive to many.
'More than 90% of our staff have taken part in this action. We want the Government to reverse the cut-backs and keep local jobs providing local services.'
With one in five jobs at risk in some public sectors, the PCS is not ruling out further industrial action.
Crewe branch official Colin Latham said: 'The message of our campaign is that the Government cannot arbitrarily cut staff without it having a negative impact on local services and the local economy.'