31 August 2021

Brook Street workers and Fixed Term Appointment (FTA) staff

Following the DWP ‘s offer to the staff previously employed by Brook Street we can confirm that of the 1808 staff on Brook Street contracts, 97% have converted to DWP contracts.

The huge majority of Brook Street staff converting to DWP contracts demonstrates that workers much prefer direct employment to being second class citizens with inferior terms and conditions, working on agency contracts. The DWP should acknowledge this and not use agency workers again.

Campaign for permanent contracts for FTA staff continues

Whilst the success of the campaign for Brook Street to convert to direct DWP contracts has been encouraging, disappointingly the DWP has failed to act on the PCS demand that all fixed term appointment (FTA) staff are offered permanent contracts.

PCS does not believe the department’s continued use of FTA contracts is justifiable. The Covid pandemic has already had a massive impact on the economy resulting in the loss hundreds of thousands of jobs. The end of the furlough scheme at the end of September has the potential to destroy many more jobs. As a consequence, there is not likely to be any shortage of work for already over-stretched PCS members for the foreseeable future.

The group executive committee will continue our campaigning activity on behalf of FTA members whilst continuing to press DWP to do the right thing and make FTA staff permanent.