13 June 2022

British Council workers due to strike this week

British Council members on UK contracts will take three days of strike action from 15 to 17 June in their escalating dispute over cuts worldwide.

PCS members at the British Council took two days of industrial action earlier this year over plans to make hundreds of staff redundant, and to outsource large parts of the organisation.

There has been little to no movement from either the British Council or their sponsoring department the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and so PCS members on UK contracts will take a further three days of strike action from 15 to 17 June. This is in addition to ongoing action short of strike action.

The demands of the dispute are:

  • A fair, open and transparent approach and process for transformation, and for management to share the business case with staff.
  • No forced redundancies – only those who want to leave to go on voluntary terms.
  • No privatisation/outsourcing of jobs – keep the work in-house for a better service for the public and better conditions for staff.

How you can help

  • Complete our e-action to ask your MP to support the campaign
  • Attending a picket line at 58 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 6BB or 1 Redman Place, London E20 1JQ from 8.30am to 11.30am on 15 – 17 June.
  • Attending the Westminster Lobby opposite old palace yard on 15 June at 12.30pm
  • Attending the rally in St Peter’s Square, Manchester with the PCS samba band on 16 June at 12.30pm
  • Attending the online rally on 17 June at 2pm, email helenf@pcs.org.uk for more information
  • Donating to the fighting fund. Account name: Fighting Fund Levy, Account number: 20331490, Sort code: 60-83-01, Reference: British Council
  • Inviting a PCS British Council speaker to your committee or send messages of support to helenf@pcs.org.uk   
  • Sharing your support on social media using #HandsOffBritishCouncil and our selfie card
  • Tweet @trussliz, UK foreign secretary, to demand she steps in
  • Sign and share our petition
  • Circulate the flyer to PCS members in your workplace.

Read our blog about the important work that the British Council does worldwide, under threat from the proposed cuts.