PCS takes on outsourcers with strike action at two government departments this week

20 May 2019

Outsourced workers at two government departments will go on strike tomorrow (21) in a row over pay and conditions.

PCS which represents workers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will take strike action for two days from tomorrow, while workers at the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will take action for 4 days.

Interserve, which operates at the FCO have refused to recognise or negotiate with the union and have made repeated blunders on pay, leaving many low paid workers struggling to make ends meet.

ISS and Aramark, which operate at BEIS, have refused to pay the London Living Wage (LLW) and cleaners at ISS have also struggled to survive due to non-payment of wages.

The situation has become so dire that the PCS BEIS branch set up a foodbank last week in a bid to help struggling ISS workers.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This week our members will tell these unscrupulous contractors enough is enough.

“The multi-day strikes being launched are just the beginning of an escalation in industrial action.

“These companies need to listen to the clear and reasonable demands of our members.

“When foodbanks are appearing at the BEIS department and a failing company like Interserve can’t pay workers on time, leading to members not even being able to get to work, then that is a scandal that needs dealing with.  

“Ministers need to step up to the plate and take responsibility for this situation and take back all the contracted work back in house.”

There is a joint rally planned for 11.30am tomorrow (21 May) by the statue in King Charles Street. Speakers include MPs Laura Pidcock shadow minister for business, energy and industrial strategy and PCS parliamentary group chair Chris Stephens.

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