More Than 1,400 Job Centre Security Guards Begin Week Long Strike as Dispute Escalates

Job Centre security guards are punched, attacked and savaged in the neck by dogs, warns GMB Union

More than 1,400 Job Centre security guards begin a weeklong strike in anger at pay rates that see 90% of them paid just the minimum wage.

Security guards employed by G4S across the UK walked out today [Monday] and will stay on strike until Saturday [22 June 2024].,

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has handed G4S £211 million to run security at job centres – despite employment costs being just £161 during the same period. [1]

Eamon O’Hearn, GMB National Officer, commented:

“Job Centre security guards are punched, attacked and savaged in the neck by dogs – just for carrying out their duties. Yet 90 per cent of them struggle to get by on the minimum wage, while G4S trouser millions from the DWP. It’s abhorrent and these strikes will keep escalating unless G4S agrees to pay them a wage they can live on.” 

GMB Union, often referred to as GMB, is one of the largest trade unions in the United Kingdom. It represents workers across a variety of sectors, including public services, manufacturing, retail, security, and social care.

Established over 130 years ago, GMB works to advocate for workers’ rights, fair wages, safe working conditions, and improved workplace policies. As a member-led organization, its activities and policies are directed by its members. GMB provides support through negotiation, legal representation, and campaigns aimed at enhancing working conditions and labour laws. Additionally, the union offers training and development opportunities to help members advocate for their rights in the workplace.