Staff at Basingstoke Magistrates Court are set to walk out in a dispute over working hours.

The strike will also affect 64 other courts in England and Wales. 

Trade union PCS said the row is about a new system called Common Platform which has left workers working longer hours as they struggle to record all case results on it. 

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) said the system had seen an inital successful trial, however a staff survey found tasks took longer, levels of stress increased, and work-life balance was negatively impacted.

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Some have been forced to work until midnight to keep up, PCS said in a statement.

It announced the strikes on Friday and said that legal advisors and court associates will walk out for nine days on October 22. 

PCS members had been due to strike last month, but postponed the action following the death of the Queen.

PCS said that further negotiations have failed. 

The action is separate to industrial action announced earlier this year by barristers. 

Talking to the Daily Mirror, union general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “We’ve been left with no choice but to call strike action. Managers are ignoring the evidence in front of them – that Common Platform is simply unworkable.

“It’s adversely affecting our members’ health and their ability to do their jobs and is detrimental to the delivery of justice.

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"HMCTS managers should listen to our members and stop the roll out immediately.”

Aldershot Justice Centre and Portsmouth Magistrates Court are also affected, as is Guildford Magistrates' Court and Family Court.