PCS is balloting members working for G4S and MITIE on a HMCTS contract for security and cleaning over their failure to meet our demands on pay and terms and conditions.
PCS launched a campaign in G4S and Mitie for members working on the HM Courts and Tribunals Service contract in order to achieve an improved set of terms and conditions that include a number of industrial demands:
For both employers to become living wage payers and to end poverty pay on the MoJ contract
The payment of a premium for those who work public holidays
A leave entitlement of 30 days a year
Improved extraction rates so that members are able to take their leave more flexibly
Sick pay to be paid from day one at company rather than statutory rates
PCS recognition for all employees on the HMCTS contract.
We are aware that G4S and Mitie are constrained to an extent by the contractual terms of the HMCTS facilities management contract and we have and will continue to demand that MoJ proactively manage the contract to ensure that staff providing services to MoJ work with PCS and G4S/Mitie to resolve these matters.
We want to make it clear to the MoJ that our members cannot tolerate poverty pay any longer and they must ensure that contracts are awarded to companies that can and will pay the Real National Living Wage, as determined by the Living Wage Foundation. The ballot will ensure that we have a strong mandate from PCS members that supports our demands for a living wage pay increase.
The current contract covering England and Wales is split roughly between north (G4S) and south (MITIE). The new contract will be one that takes all cleaning for the whole country and one that takes all security. Bids have now been submitted, and the MoJ invited shortlisted bidders back in mid-February. Contracts are due to be awarded in August to be implemented in December.
A written parliamentary question about whether the bidders for the new contracts would be required to a) recognise Trade Unions and b) pay the Real Living Wage was tabled by Catherine West MP. It got the following response on 4 February:
“Companies that gain contracts for outsourced cleaning and security services are expected to observe Cabinet Office Guidance in relation to trade unions, which is that “service providers should actively communicate and, where appropriate, seek to build good relations with trade unions. Rates of pay for cleaners and security staff are determined by their respective employers. All outsourced providers are required to pay as a minimum, either the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage.”
The ballot will open soon. Please vote yes and speak to your colleagues who aren’t PCS members about the campaign and encourage them to join and stand with you in your fight.