We are urging all eligible members to vote yes in a ballot which runs from 7-28 November to reject the Cabinet Office’s ‘offer’ on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme which proposes deep cuts to redundancy terms.
We have written to Minister for the Cabinet Office, Ben Gummer, to express our disgust with these unacceptable attacks on members’ terms and conditions, which are simply a way of making it easier and cheaper to cut more jobs.
These attacks include:
The government is aiming to slash civil service redundancy just 6 years after the current civil service redundancy scheme was introduced in December 2010.
The terms were described by then Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, as "fair, affordable and sustainable; they offer protection to the lowest paid and those nearing retirement, and put a cap on the total amount which can be paid out to any one individual."
Despite this promise, the government announced fresh attacks on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) when they opened a consultation on 8 February. The proposals were wide ranging but all signified a radical reduction in compensation terms.
The consultation closed on 4 May and PCS has submitted a response alongside over 1,600 members outlining why these latest attacks are not just unnecessary but unjustified and unfair.
The government has now announced it is pressing ahead with plans to slash civil service redundancy terms by at least 25%, and for many people by considerably more.
Without any prior notice, on 26 September the Cabinet Office wrote to the civil service unions confirming its 'offer' on a revised Civil Service Compensation Scheme.
Our national executive has agreed a campaign plan, including:
As part of our campaign against these attacks we want you to: