Staff cuts threaten armed forces pay and pensions

22 Mar 2017

PCS has raised serious concerns about moves to axe staff who administer the pay of current military personnel, as well as ensuring that thousands of military veterans receive their pensions.

Plans by the company Computer Sciences Corporation Ltd (CSC), which has the contract, to cut more than 1,000 jobs across the many contracts it operate, including the NHS as well as the Ministry of Defence,
will see more than a 20% reduction in the civilian staff who deliver this vital function, many of whom are PCS members. 

Staff based at the 2 MoD sites affected, the main site at Kentigern House in Glasgow, as well as another site in Gosport, Hampshire are being encouraged to take the redundancy terms on offer, otherwise
compulsory terms will be enforced. 

Essential work

The loss of so many staff will seriously undermine the ability to pay the 180,000 serving military personnel on time and at the correct rate. Not to mention the 420,000 service pensioners. More than £1
billion of taxpayers' money a month is paid out and CSC’s actions are in danger of undermining this essential work.

CSC was awarded the contract in 2012 and it has 3 years left to run. PCS worries that CSC is downgrading its commitment to deliver this contract as the company makes swingeing cuts to staff numbers ahead of
a merger with another company, HPES, in April. HPES had the same contract previously but lost out to CSC.

It was thought that CSC would struggle to gain more government contracts in the wake of its involvement in the failure of a £10 billion NHS IT programme, which has been widely reported. It seems, though, that the MoD doesn’t read the papers or look at news websites.

Our representatives are currently negotiating with CSC and stressing to them the danger to the service if these cuts are pursued.

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