PCS calls for urgent Brexit planning meeting

31 Jul 2019

With the government stepping up no-deal preparations, PCS has called for an urgent meeting to raise our members’ concerns about the impact on job changes and workloads, and lack of consultation.

With the Cabinet Office drafting in civil servants from a range of departments, PCS also wants to discuss the equal pay issues of staff paid differently but working together. Our research shows that predominately female departments are paid less for comparable work than staff in predominately male departments. 

As of the end of February, the civil service had filled 16,188 “EU exit posts” through a mixture of recruitment and redeployment from other areas of government, according to cabinet secretary Sir Mark Sedwill and civil service chief executive John Manzoni.

Sedwill and Manzoni shared the statistics in a letter to parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee in April.

Our call for an urgent meeting follows the claim this week by Michael Gove, the minister in charge of Brexit planning, that the government is now operating “on the assumption” the UK will leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement. This was then confusingly denied by prime minister Boris Johnson.

Staff have been redeployed to departments that are suffering from staff shortages because of their Brexit workloads. Planning has been far too last minute and chaotic.

Officials have often had no idea how long their Brexit-related transfers would last or even what they are likely to be asked to do.

PCS has consistently criticised the lack of planning for Brexit over the last 3 years and called for job cuts to be halted and extra resources made available in the civil service to carry out the work needed to deliver Brexit.

The UK is set to leave the EU on 31 October.

 

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