PCS calls off OCS court security strike after improved pay offer

12 Apr 2021

PCS has called off six days of strike action after OCS tabled an improved pay offer for court security officers.

Following intensive talks between PCS and OCS an improved pay offer was presented on Friday (9 April). The proposal is for a two-year settlement to cover the period April 2020- April 2021, and April, 2021 to April, 2022.

Membership ballot on the offer

A ballot of all PCS members will be held on the offer giving every member the opportunity to have their say. The ballot timetable will be communicated shortly. We will be holding an electronic ballot so it is important that you ensure you have a personal email address registered with PCS. If you do not currently have a personal email address registered please email laurab@pcs.org.uk with your preferred contact email.

Next steps

The improved pay offer has been received as a direct result of the campaign that all members have taken part in. We wanted to thank all members for standing firm and strong in the fight for improved pay, terms and conditions.

OCS member? Speak to colleagues who aren’t members about this significant win and encourage them to join PCS – and vote on this pay offer.

The headlines of the improved pay offer are as follows:

Attendance allowance:

  • Payable for all hours worked within the court operating hours, if you are not sure of what your court operating hours are please speak to your supervisor or the HMCTS senior person on site.
  • Three occasions of sickness absence within a month will result in the Attendance Allowance being withdrawn for those days only and not the entire month.
  • The criteria of 3 occasions will be backdated to 1 October, 2020 and any member who has had a deduction but would be de a payment under the new criteria will receive this in back pay.

Pay:

  • The pay increase for 2020 remains as a 1.5% increase
  • The pay increase for 2021 will be CPI + 0.5%. The rate of CPI for 2021 has not yet been announced but for 2020 this was 1.5%.
  • The pay increase for 2020, if accepted, will be back paid to 1 April, 2020 and for 2021 will be back paid to 1 April, 2021.

Overtime:

  • The overtime rate for Saturday will be time and a half
  • The overtime rate for Sunday and bank holidays will be double time.
  • If the offer is accepted the rates will be backdated to 1 April, 2020 and any overtime worked will be back paid to the above rates.

Annual leave:

  • An additional days annual leave will be given for 2020
  • A further additional days annual leave will be given for 2021
  • In addition the festive stand down day for the courts will be given as a stand down day. Where the court is operational 24/7 those officers will get a stand down day in lieu to be taken between Christmas Day and 1 February.

Pay Differentials:

  • £1 an hour for supervisors
  • 50p per hour for area relief officers to take into account the last minute nature of deployment an assist with subsistence payments.
  • If the offer is accepted both differentials will be backdated to 1 April, 2020
  • Differentials will be maintained when 2021 pay increases.

Sick pay:

  • All officers that don’t currently receive sick pay will receive one week full pay for 2020, backdated to 1 April, 2020
  • All officers that don’t receive sick pay will receive one week full pay and one week half pay for 2021

Reward and recognition:

  • The attendance allowance will be backdated to 1 September 2020 meaning that a full month is due and payable. This will be paid for all contractual hours for the month of September to all officers.

 

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