PCS continues to defend members from proposed attacks from the government on your hard-won civil service redundancy terms.
The government has been forced to negotiate with PCS on the terms of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme following our landmark High Court victory last summer Judges ruled that the previous Tory government had acted unlawfully in excluding us, from talks over its latest cuts to redundancy terms. We won a reinstatement of 2010’s redundancy terms.
And the court case was made possible by 96.5% of members who voted in a consultative ballot to reject the new terms imposed by the government.
In a new video message, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka stressed that our union is still in negotiations trying to defend our members from further attacks from the government.
He told members: “They still want to reduce your redundancy terms by 30%. That is completely unacceptable and we are determined to remain at the negotiating table doing all we can to preserve your hard-fought redundancy.”
Mark, who is due to meet new Cabinet Office minister David Lidington shortly, outlined a series of important concessions that we’ve already achieved in negotiation, including:
- Some members receiving payments of up to £50,000 to right the wrong that was done to them by the government.
- The government reconsidering the case of people denied access an unreduced pensions
- The government conceding that people who left on voluntary exit terms may be entitled to more money
- And the government has decided to write off overpayments for the few people who did better under the 2016 terms.
Mark said: “All of that was only achieved because you stood up to the government, voted to reject their imposed terms and because you’re part of a strong trade union.”
Watch Mark’s video
Mark said it was important that as we continue to defend terms and conditions that the union remains strong.
“I’m urging you if you’re in a workplace where you know someone who is not a member of PCS to ask them to join,” he said.
“It’s really important that you do all you can to be part of the union that is determined to defend your terms and conditions.”