The government is seeking to make further cuts to redundancy pay to, which will affect every civil servant facing redundancy, and introduce a lower cap on the total amount which can be paid out to an individual. The government is proposing to make huge cuts to departmental budgets over the next 4 years. Cutting redundancy pay is simply an attempt to make those cuts cheaper.
The PCS NEC has launched a campaign including the following:
- Brief our parliamentary group to raise this issue through every political channel
- Lobby the Labour party to ask them to oppose the changes
- Organise constituency-based lobbying of MPs, linking the cuts in redundancy provision to the issue of office closures
- Lobby the devolved administrations to support our position
- Organise a petition against the government’s proposals to cut civil service redundancy pay
- Approach the Cabinet Office for facilities for members’ meetings
- Encourage members to respond to the consultation
- Publicise our position in members’ and branch briefings, emails to members, through the PCS website, and the union’s journals.
Potential industrial action
The NEC agreed to convene a meeting of senior lay pepresentatives across the union to explore the possibility of a programme of industrial action should negotiations not produce an acceptable outcome.
The NEC also agreed to urge branches to hold members’ meetings to build support for the campaign, also using them as recruitment and organising events. Branches will be contacted shortly with further details.
Next strike dates
- 6 – 8 April 2016
Emergency care only between 8am on Wednesday 6 April and 8am on Friday 8 April (48 hours)
- 26 – 28 April 2016
Emergency care only between 8am on Tuesday 26 April and 8am on Thursday 28 April (48 hours)
Tuesday 12 April, 7pm
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Niki Fitzgerald BMA junior doctor at Whipps Cross Hospital
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Matt Wrack FBU firefighters’ union general secretary
Natalie Bennett Green Party leader
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Charli Humm student nurse at Kings College London & St Thomas’ Hospital & NHS bursary campaigner
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PCS members at National Museum Wales are still fighting to defend our weekends. They are currently balloting on the next step in the campaign.
Support fight back in DWP
They’ve got the money so drop the strings
I think this is really important for everyone. We managed to see off attacks at National Gallery on out of hours and weekend working but obviously has significance for all of us not just Junior Doctors – PCS members are still in dispute at National Museums Wales and Scotland over weekend working and even the English National Opera Chorus have just voted 100% for industrial action!
I also agree it is brilliant that DWP have an offer that sets a precedent by breaking the 1% pay limit and it is really important that this doesn’t come with unacceptable strings attached.
As of January 2016 the V&A Museum will stop employing new museum staff directly. All new staff (from Gallery Assistants to Curators) will now be employed through the museum’s own trading company V&A Enterprises Ltd.
This ‘in-house’ backdoor privatisation is presented by the museum as a cost saving exercise and a consequence of declining budgets. Their savings will in effect be made by removing access for new staff to the Civil Service Pensions and Compensation Schemes as well as employing new starters on reduced terms & conditions (maternity & sick pay are especially affected), and preventing new staff’s access to union recognition and collective bargaining. The trade unions currently recognised by the V&A are: PCS, Prospect, & FDA. PCS created this petition.
Although the museum has committed to ‘review’ future union recognition in the Enterprises company; so far management have consistently refused to enter into negotiations with the unions over this matter, arguing that only new employees would be affected, not existing members of staff. However, this decision can only lead to a two-tier workforce, exacerbating inequalities between V&A staff and before long undermining the rights of the current workforce.
We believe the move is “entirely unnecessary and inflammatory” and that the department has breached its own and civil service-wide agreements on handling redundancy situations.
The threat has been hanging over staff for several weeks but there is still more the department could do as it is currently recruiting new staff to the same and similar grades.
It is refusing to redeploy those at risk to any office listed for closure in the coming years under plans to shut all but a handful of HMRC’s 170 UK sites.
We called on HMRC chief executive Lin Homer to intervene to avoid what would the first compulsory redundancies in her department, but she has refused.
We are considering all our options, including industrial action, and will provide regular updates to members.
It comes as the government plans to further cut civil service redundancy pay, despite previously claiming recent changes were “affordable and sustainable”.
And follows news that 250 business department jobs are threatened in Sheffield, hundreds of Department for Health staff could go, the Passport Office plans to shut almost half of its interview offices and 86 more courts have been earmarked for closure.
The government recently announcement it wants to close three quarters of its offices in the coming years in what we described as a “wholesale retreat from providing local public services”.
Our general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “It is entirely unnecessary and inflammatory to tell these 150 staff there is no future for them in the civil service when staff are being recruited to do similar work.
“This is not how reasonable employers behave and we will be considering all options, including industrial action.”