Read the latest update on PCS-Cabinet Office talks on coronavirus

03 Apr 2020

Our second weekly video message reflects the progress that has been made in talks with the Cabinet Office for members working in the civil service and related bodies.

There has been a large increase in members working from home, and the use of special leave and sickness policies has improved. But worryingly, members still working on the front line delivering key services are reporting major concerns about their safety and health.

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Our priority is members’ safety, and last night we wrote to the Cabinet Office tabling urgent demands:

  • That where there is a Covid-19 case in an office or workplace, it must close immediately and not reopen until there has been a deep clean a risk assessment agreed with the union.
  • In the workplace social distancing must be implemented at all times
  • All civil service staff should work from home unless in critical roles, which should be clearly defined.
  • That all staff including contractors who are furloughed receive 100% of their pay.

If the employer is not taking measures to keep you safe, we will do that on members’ behalf. We are consulting lawyers about the legal situation, we are meeting the Cabinet Office as a matter urgency and will report back early next week.

Reps doing fantastic job

Our PCS reps are doing a fantastic job representing members in these difficult times and are members’ first point of contact if they have concerns at work.

We are also setting up a centralised PCS coronavirus response team early next week to support reps and members and you can contact them direct at

It is a very important time to be a union member, so join PCS online today.

If you have questions about the impact of coronavirus on you, visit the PCS employer group page on this website.

Keep safe, keep well and thank you for everything that you’re doing.

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