PCS continue to receive enquiries from members who are falling foul of this policy which was implemented by NOMS earlier this year.
Unfortunately PCS’s concerns on the removal of the exemptions for staff with absences covered either under the Equality Act or clinically diagnosed as a Serious Underlying Medical Condition have it would seem be justified. Suffice to say PCS and all our sister unions remain fundamentally opposed to this draconian policy which has been correctly termed as a “sackers charter “in those government departments where this has already been implemented.
The PSI clearly states that a manager can use his /her discretion in whether or not to issue a written warning, it is completely unacceptable to PCS that we are hearing that managers are having their decisions overruled or being advised they must issue the warning.
PCS believes that the Chief Executive’s letter of 21 February 2017 which refers to further guidance that will “not be to the detriment of staff who have suffered genuine illness and need help and support to regain full health and return to work”, supports our view.
Whilst PCS will be constructively engaging the employer on this piece of work we are still firmly of the opinion that the CSEP policy is discriminatory, oppressive and unfit for purpose and will continue to campaign for an attendance management policy that is fair and crucially has the confidence of staff. If you feel you or your line manager have been unjustly treated under this new PSI please contact your PCS representative or email email@example.com