PCS members in the Crown Prosecution Service say deep cuts which have led to a chronic lack of resources and significant additional work placed upon lawyers and the police are really to blame for the current crisis of confidence in prosecution handling of the disclosure of unused material in criminal cases.
On 1 November 2017 as part of pre-dispute resolution discussions it was agreed that the consultation had been inadequate and that PCS had not been in a position to consult with members ahead of the decision on TCEP being made. The formal decision on TCEP was therefore delayed to allow PCS to consult with members. However during workplace meetings it became obvious that not all staff had been given enough information to help inform the PCS response. PCS also had not been given some of the information we requested. Therefore this must be considered as an interim response.
PCS is arranging to consult with members over the proposed future structure of legal operations and Tier 4 and 3 roles.
PCS have taken receipt of the PSPRB proposals and are considering its implications both for our remit and non- remit group members
PCS, along with other NTUS unions in HMPPS has achieved a new learning agreement with the employer.