PCS urges Gauke to block more courts privatisation  

14 Mar 2018

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka has today (14 March) written to the secretary of state for justice David Gauke in a last ditch attempt to ensure that further privatisation of enforcement officer work does not take place.

Ministers in the justice department are expected to decide this month whether to approve the next step in completing the outsourcing of the enforcement of financial penalties enforced by civilian enforcement officers employed by HM Courts and Tribunals Service. The letter calls upon the minister to ensure that further privatisation of enforcement officer work does not take place.

Currently, enforcement work is carried out in a mixed economy – a number of small and large contracts have been let over the years to a number of different companies. PCS represents enforcement officers and we believe that all this work should be done in house. Without existing in-house civilian enforcement officers there would be no public sector guarantee of service for any failings in the private sector.

The letter points out the past failures of privatisation in the Ministry of Justice and calls for a new approach and dialogue with the trade unions.

Speaking after sending the letter, Mark said: “I am urging David Gauke to intervene in this issue. Don’t repeat the mistakes of the past. We have seen the obvious pitfalls of privatisation in the civil service and wider public sector. Carillion is an obvious example but there are many more, too. This is an opportunity for the government to show they have learned some lessons and show faith in their own directly employed staff.”

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