BRITS are due to be hit by benefits chaos as the DWP announce the dates staff will strike over Christmas.
Union members at the Department for Work and Pensions are set to walk out for two weeks over the festive period.
The industrial action will start on December 19 and finish on December 30.
Around 200 back office benefits staff are expected to take part along with 30 at three offices in Liverpool and one in Doncaster.
The strike is not expected to affect anyone’s benefits payments but the union expect to disrupt benefit “conditionality” interviews which would usually lead to sanctions.
The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union strike is on nine days – December 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.
The PCS said the “targeted” action would cover only a fraction of the union’s DWP members, but warned more dates are likely to follow
The union is demanding a 10 per cent pay rise for its members.