10 March 2022

Strike action called at British Council

PCS has served notice of industrial action at the British Council today (10 March) in a dispute over redundancies, restructuring and outsourcing.

Following a decisive statutory ballot result, PCS wrote to Scott McDonald, CEO of the British Council, to request an urgent meeting. Unfortunately, he declined to meet with PCS directly, instead delegating the meeting to HR officials. Both he and Stevie Spring, the chair of the board of trustees, have refused to meet with PCS, despite the seriousness of the dispute and the strong views from British Council workers.

In the meantime, management is ploughing ahead with its restructuring and given notice of more than 100 redundancies in the next few months. 

Members will strike on 24 and 25 March, with ongoing short of strike action in the form withdrawal of goodwill starting from the same date.

There will be picket lines at the UK based offices in Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Manchester and London. Members based overseas, from Bogota to Bhagdad, will be participating in the industrial action.

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