Strike action at Acas wins more jobs

04 Jun 2018

PCS members working for Acas have won more jobs, and commitments on workloads and grading, following talks as a result of industrial action.

Overworked and undervalued staff at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) have won more jobs, and commitments on workloads and grading, following talks as a result of industrial action.

PCS officials met Acas on Friday 25 May and hammered out a joint statement. The current strike action has been suspended while PCS members consider the offer.

Workloads in the conciliation service have gone up sharply following the Supreme Court decision removing Employment Tribunal fees.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said, “Our members should be congratulated for their dignified stand. We have suspended our industrial action to consult members on this offer. We will not hesitate to take further action if Acas doesn’t keep their promises.”

Acas management has agreed to immediately recruit extra staff and keep overall conciliation staffing levels under review, with a view to further recruitment rounds to take account of ongoing service demands and staff turnover.

Acas has also agreed to accelerate work on a new grading redesign in response to union anger at the downgrading of work.

In the event of case volumes leading to more pressures on the system, Acas management has agreed to consider all possible responses including making the case to government for additional resources.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Our members should be congratulated for their dignified stand. We have suspended our industrial action to consult members on this offer. We will not hesitate to take further action if Acas doesn’t keep their promises.”

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