Show support for Acas conciliators taking action

23 Apr 2018

Show support for PCS members who work as conciliators at Acas taking industrial action in a long-running dispute over the imposition of detrimental changes made by conciliation service management.

Our members are due to begin action short of strike from Wednesday (25 April) which will include no obligation to undertake any reactive or proactive work on fast-track early conciliation cases or employment tribunal cases.

The dispute centres on imposed changes on the staff, including the downgrading of conciliation work and increases to already heavy workloads. As a result of the transformation programme, the grade 9 conciliator members are now trying to manage the unmanageable as a result of the transformation programme which has been running for two years.

On Friday (20) Acas management published the text of its offer to PCS.

In the context of dispute resolution and management’s stated desire to work with the trade union we find it strange that Acas has circulated the proposal, given that they have throughout the talks bound PCS in confidentiality with regards plans for staff deployment in 18/19.

Overwhelming support

Grade 9 members have voted overwhelmingly in support of industrial action, which will include strike action, as well as action short of strike.

The planned action is also to include a one-day strike on 11 May and a 2-day strike on 6 and 7 June.

Our position continues to be that we want an agreed, properly-funded, properly-graded, properly-resourced, regionally-based conciliation service.

To convince PCS to agree to suspend the planned action and try to resolve the overall dispute, management must:

  1. Agree to recruit the 30 extra staff for conciliation as grade 9s, not grade 10s.
  2. Stop transformation until we have had the detailed talks on service redesign that is in the proposals.

We are still committed to resolving this dispute. We urge all members to remain resolute and support their colleagues in conciliation who are in the front line of this dispute at present. 

If you are not already a member you can support your colleagues at work by joining PCS.

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