The first of a number of weekly news items which summarises the key issues we have raised with HMCTS and those that are still outstanding.
Early on in the coronavirus pandemic PCS and sister NTUS unions secured a commitment from HMPPS that coronavirus related absences would not be included for the purposes of attendance management procedures.
We are getting lots of inquiries from members following the announcement by HMCTS of the new Operating Plan that suspends a number of operational court centres across the estate and consolidates work into fewer workplaces.
Offices are continuing to move to minimal staffing levels. The expectation for those staff who still need to attend the office is that they do not go in all day, every day, but only for the periods for which it is necessary to perform a certain function which cannot be done at home.
PCS has today written again to the Permanent Secretary to raise members' concerns about the HMCTS Covid-19 contingency. It’s clear that a urgent review of business critical roles and functions is now required and PCS is continuing to raise concerns with employer representatives.