PCS has welcomed the announcement that DWP Benefits and Pensions Digital Technology Services will return in-house next summer effectively bringing hundreds of jobs back into the public domain.
In the 1990s the work done by PCS members in the civil service working for the Information Technology Services Agency (ITSA), part of the then DHSS, was privatised. PCS opposed the privatisation and has run a long campaign for this work to come back into the DWP.
The contract was outsources a number of times to several different companies, ending with Hewlett Packard. In 2016 the government created the government-owned company BPDTS and transferred the work to it to provide digital and technology services to DWP. Following a review BPDTS has now gone full circle and is returning to the civil service.
The review was undertaken as part of a regular process where all non-departmental government bodies are scrutinised once in the lifetime of each parliament. Following this review the government has agreed a recommendation that BPDTS should be integrated back into DWP. PCS very much welcomes the decision that BPDTS will return to the DWP on 1 July 2021.
We are arranging a meeting with the DWP to discuss the details and will consult our BPDTS members, making sure we represent them in the TUPE transfer into DWP. TUPE transfers serve to protect employees if the business in which they are employed changes hands.
PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “We urge the government to change its policy on privatisation and bring all government contracts back in-house.
“This would be in the interests of more efficient public services as well as improved conditions for our members.”
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