21 February 2013
Our lawyers have warned the Department for Education it will face hundreds of unfair dismissal claims if it presses ahead.
The department plans to cut its budget in half, reduce staff by one quarter and close six of its 12 UK offices.
But senior managers deny they are in a "redundancy situation" and are refusing to follow agreed procedures.
In a letter to the DfE's permanent secretary, our solicitor Andrew James writes: "We must confess to being totally mystified by that denial."
Earlier this week our DfE members voted for the first time for a departmental-wide strike.
Management consultants handed a seat on top-level DfE committee.
Update: Education select committee member Ian Mearns MP has written for the LabourList website about the chaos surrounding Michael Gove and his advisers and how they should account for their actions.