Second day of Interserve strike remains solid

02 May 2019

Members working for Interserve at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have taken their second day of strike action in their dispute with the outsourcing company.

The first day of strike action yesterday (01) saw 100% of members walk out over the company’s refusal to negotiate on redundancies, contractual changes to pay dates, and attacks on holiday pay and sick pay.

Our members working for Interserve provide services including facilities management, messengers, print room, porterage and cleaning.

The second day of action again saw 100% turnout and there was support on the picket line from several other trade unions, PCS national executive committee members and the PCS members at the FCO itself, who presented the strikers with a £50 collection.

Parliamentary support

Paul Sweeney, MP for Glasgow North East and Shadow Scotland Minister, attending the picket line today with words of support for the striking member.  He offered his full support and said that he hopes to send a letter to the Minister about the dispute.

Chris Stephens, MP for Glasgow South West, raised the dispute at Business Questions in the House of Commons today, asking why Interserve isn’t paying its staff and why government contracts are being given to private firms.

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