21 June 2022

Why I’m voting yes for industrial action at OCS

PCS members working for OCS on the HMCTS security contract have been telling us why they are voting for industrial action.

OCS is an accredited living wage employer and has committed to pay its workers £11.05 in London and £9.90 outside the capital, however it is refusing to meet our demands for the payment of the real living wage.

We are therefore
holding a ballot to ask members if they are prepared to take industrial action over pay and our other demands for improved terms and conditions.

One member told us, “I'm voting yes because I deserve decent pay for the job I do. During Covid I put business needs above my own health and safety to keep the courts operating. The thanks we get is an insulting, below inflation pay increase.

“I'm tired of OCS withdrawing my attendance allowance over circumstances outside of my control. I travel to work by public transport. I had my attendance allowance removed when I was late to work due to an accident which caused a traffic backlog. OCS pride themselves on their values of being trustworthy yet at every opportunity abuse that trust by withdrawing money I need to feed my family and keep a roof over my head.”

Another member said, “Since day one of the start of OCS taking over the HMCTS contract there has been nothing but trouble…..issues around non-communication from management from rota issues to health and safety issues; problems with pay from incorrect rates to missing pay in general, holiday rates and missing days; the general disregard for the health and wellbeing of the security officers on the contract.

“I have never worked for a company like this in my life. They have no regard for the officers in any shape or form. In my area there are security companies paying their officers/guards over £12 per hour for security work which has a much lower level of threat than the MOJ officers have to deal with.”

Not got a ballot paper?

The deadline for requesting a replacement ballot paper request is 5 pm on Friday 1 July. Email balloting@pcs.org.uk with your membership number and postal address details, quoting OCS ballot in the subject line.

Not yet a PCS member? Join online today. New OCS members who join before 29 June will automatically receive a ballot paper.