EHRC staff face compulsory redundancies

27 Jan 2017
Staff at the government's equality watchdog face being served with compulsory redundancy notices as part of massive budget cuts which PCS and Unite are fighting.

The Cabinet Office has this week approved the Equality and Human Rights Commission's plans, which put 12 staff at risk of compulsory redundancy. 7 of the staff are from ethnic minorities, 3 are trade union activists, who we believe have been singled out because of their trade union activity, 3 are disabled, 8 are older workers and one member of staff is BME and disabled. The EHRC plan to issue compulsory redundancy notices on 9 February.

There are jobs available at all of these people's grade so we do not believe it should be a genuine redundancy situation as there are jobs they could do and are actually doing at the moment in some cases. The EHRC is also still carrying more than 30 vacancies.

The Cabinet Office should never have agreed to the compulsory redundancy notices and the National Trade Union Committee of civil service unions opposed the decision at the meeting where it was announced.

Ongoing campaign

PCS and Unite members working at the EHRC are continuing their campaign against compulsory redundancies and budget cuts and have so far taken 5 days of well-supported action against redundancies and budget cuts.

A National Audit Office briefing (PDF), prepared for the parliamentary women and equalities select committee, explains how the EHRC’s budget has been cut by almost 70% since it was created in 2008, and that the budget will be cut by a further 25% over the next four years.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Cutting budgets and staff would leave the commission toothless at precisely the time we need a robust authority to tackle hate crime and discrimination.

“There is no need to force staff out of their jobs and we will continue to fight these redundancies.”

What you can do

These members need your urgent help. Please send a letter of protest to the EHRC CEO.

Rebecca Hilsenrath
CEO
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Ms Rebecca Hilsenrath
Chief Executive Officer
EHRC
Fleetbank House
2 – 6 Salisbury Square

London EC4Y 8JX

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PCS PSG Hardship Fund
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Account no: 20151243

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Updated 3.31pm 27 January to include what you can do

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