PCS and Unite members at the Equality and Human Rights Commission are taking their sixth day of strike action tomorrow (1 March) in an ongoing dispute over redundancies and budget cuts.
PCS and Unite members working at the EHRC are continuing their campaign against compulsory redundancies and budget cuts - the commission's budget has been cut by almost 70% since it was created in 2008, and that budget will be cut by a further 25% over the next four years.
During the last day of action on 9 February 7 members of staff were sacked by email. The 7 individuals were offered six months’ pay in lieu of notice and given 24 hours to clear their desks. Of those staff, 6 are BME, 4 are disabled and all are older. An eighth disabled member of staff was sacked last week.
Hundreds of trade unionists from all around the country came out to protest against this blatant attack on trade union rights the next day, with MPs, MSPs and AMs joining the demonstrations in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Manchester.
To support our members and our campaign to have sufficient budget to deliver all EHRC services with sufficient staff we are holding a parliamentary drop-in in room W2 off Westminster Hall at Westminster tomorrow (1 March) between 10.30am and noon.
Three more days of strike action are planned for 20 March, 18 April, and 17 May.
Support our members
We are calling for London-based PCS members to attend the London picket line at Fleetbank House, Salisbury Square, London, EC4Y 8JX from 7am to noon.
There also pickets in:
Birmingham - from 11am
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square B2 4AJ
Glasgow - 7.45-10am
151 West George Street G2 2JJ
Manchester - 7-10am
Entrance Arndale Centre on Cross Street