PCS news digest 25 May

28 May 2012

This weekly news digest is a summary of news, campaign articles, media releases and reports from the past week

25 May

Civil servants mugged by Maude – Morning Star
The Morning Star reported on the government’s plans to create what it is misleadingly terming a ‘John Lewis-style’ mutual out of My Civil Service Pension (MyCSP). 

Four in 10 young women sexually harassed in public spaces, survey finds – The Guardian
A YouGov survey of women in London revealed the extent of harassment – prompting calls for a public awareness campaign reported the Guardian 

24 May

MPs link uncollected tax to job cuts - PCS
A committee of MPs has said HM Revenue and Customs could have collected £1 billion more in tax if it had not cut so many staff reported PCS

Unions urge HP workers to resist government cuts – channelregister.co.uk
PCS and Unite will form a tag team to "use every means possible" to safeguard the jobs of 1,600 HP UK employees under risk of redundancy reported channelregister.co.uk

Doreen Lawrence: “They knew who murdered Stephen and did nothing” - PCS
Doreen Lawrence was interviewed by PCS’s Dave Tilley, editor of our reps’ magazine, Activate, shortly after an inspiring speech to PCS conference. 

 23 May

New strike threat over pensions – Independent
The Independent reported that PCS had agreed to build towards fresh action at the end of June with as many unions as possible unless talks over the pension changes are reopened.

Mark speaks out about cuts to pensions - BBC Radio 5 live
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka was quizzed about public sector pensions on BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast

 22 May

Class war rumbles on in Westminster – Financial Times
Class and poverty are dominating discussion as the coalition exchanges blows with Labour over the issue of social mobility reported the Financial Times

Auditors to tell MPs of fraud ignored at welfare-to-work firms – Guardian
Investigators at Working Links and A4e will reveal that requests for formal inquiries were not followed through reported the Guardian

 21 May

Nick Clegg proposes student premium to help poorest entering university - Guardian
A new scheme will offer a guarantee to all children on free school meals that they will be financially supported through higher education reported the Guardian.

Stansted airport is to be hit by seven days of strike action
The action, by staff employed by ground service company Swissport, members of the GMB, includes stoppages over the Queen's Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend at the beginning of June.

20 May

Secret 'pay map' for civil servants threatens crisis in Whitehall - Observer
David Cameron risks meltdown with the civil service as blueprint reveals plans to set earnings according to location reported The Observer

Unions strengthen ties ahead of massive protest march in London - Guardian
The Guardian reported that trade union opposition to the government's austerity programme is to be stepped up as PCS and Unite, two of Britain's most powerful private and public sector unions, prepare to deepen their alliance ahead of a huge protest march on 20 October.

Unions will ballot over site sell offs - Express
GMB, Unite and Community are to hold a ballot on possible industrial action over ­Remploy closures reported the Express.

19 May

Sectarian bullying still rife in Northern Ireland workplaces – Independent
Hundreds of Catholic and Protestant workers encounter verbal abuse, sectarian name-calling and whispering campaigns against them, according to a new report by an anti-sectarianism unit within the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

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