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Fighting for best possible redundancy terms
We are determined to defend your terms and conditions and get a better civil service redundancy scheme than the government imposed in 2016, is the message from PCS following the third round of talks on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.
CSCS ruling: the facts
There has been a fair amount of misrepresentation and misdirection from various sources about our victory in the High Court over the government’s cuts to redundancy terms in the civil service. On 18 July judges in the High Court ruled that it was unlawful for the previous Tory government to exclude us from talks over its latest cuts to redundancy terms. In November 2016, the government imposed cuts of about 30% to the redundancy provisions of civil servants through changes to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS).
Court quashes redundancy scheme cuts
The full extent of our victory in the High Court over the government’s cuts to civil service redundancy pay (civil service compensation scheme) is now clear; the Court has quashed the cuts to the scheme, refused the government a right to appeal and made a full costs award against the government.
Major win as government defeated over redundancy cuts
It was unlawful for the previous Tory government to exclude us from talks over its latest cuts to redundancy terms, the High Court has ruled today.
Civil Service Compensation Scheme: PCS union to take “unlawful” changes to High Court
Hands off the CSCS
Please see the latest National Briefing Hands off the CSCS 'Why it matters to PCS members'
Direct Debit DD
HMRC have ended the decades old method of subcribing to your Union by stopping check off against the wishes of PCS Union. To remain a PCS Union member you should have completed a direct debit form prior to 30 April 2015. Anyone who has let their membership lapse will need to rejoin using a new members form, which can be found on the Direct Debit section on the PCS main website.
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PCS balloting members on industrial action over pay
Our judicial review into the government’s lack of consultation over the imposition of the Treasury pay remit, which we are taking along with the other civil service unions, will be going to the High Court in the first week of October. We will be hoping to challenge what the government has done.
Departmental pay bargaining
Pay talks are now taking place with many government employers and in civil service departments. Look out for any information we issue and if we hold a pay meeting in your office do everything you can to attend.
We are planning to ballot members for action on pay in the spring. But for a ballot to be successful members in all workplaces need to get involved in our union to ensure we achieve a ballot turnout in excess of the 50% legal threshold imposed by the Tory government. Training sessions about pay campaigning will be held across the UK in November.
Statutory ballot on industrial action over pay 18 June to 23 July, 2018.
PCS members delivered the highest yes vote and turnout in the history of our union. But undemocratic, anti-union strike laws, implemented last year, will prevent strike action.
The ballot will send a strong message to the government that PCS members want a pay rise. However, the new legal requirements mean that unions not only have to show majority support for a strike, but that 50% of those balloted have voted.
Our campaign has made our union stronger, with thousands of new members and hundreds of new reps and advocates. Our members still deserve a pay rise, so the pay campaign will not end with this disappointing result. Our national executive committee met on 24 July, and agreed the next steps in the pay campaign. These include:
- writing to the Cabinet Office demanding urgent pay talks
- supporting and coordinating delegated groups and branches in pay negotiations
- fully supporting groups of members who wish to ballot for industrial action at delegated level.
We are determined to continue the campaign on pay this year; legally, through departmental talks and industrial action if necessary, and next year; through building our union so that we if we need to ballot for strike action we can be certain that we will beat the 50% threshold.
Civil service unions seek judicial review over government below inflation pay guidance
PCS has joined fellow civil service unions FDA and Prospect, calling for a Judicial Review over the government’s below inflation pay remit guidance.
Talks imminent on PCS pay claim
The Government needs to know that PCS is serious about being prepared to do what is necessary to get our members an above-inflation pay rise, our general secretary Mark Serwotka has said that ahead of imminent pay talks with the Cabinet Office
“We all deserve a pay rise,” was the message from PCS members across the UK who took part in vibrant, well-supported payday protests to call on the government to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and deliver fully-funded rises for all.
On 31 July, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) imposed the cap on employees for another 12 months.
This means that by 31 August, 3 of the largest departments in Whitehall will have delivered yet another real-terms cut in pay to their staff. Seven years of pay restraint, including the ongoing cap, have been highly damaging for many public sector workers.
As MPs are gearing themselves up to receive a 1.5% pay rise on top of two previous 10% pay rises, and after a seven year pay cut in real terms, isn't it about time HMRC staff are rewarded for their efforts by also receiving a good pay rise!
The former leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg stated that the Public Sector should not have to bear any more of the pain. We shouldn't have had to bear ANY of the pain Nick - it should have been the bankers that should have paid for their mistakes, not ordinary people.
Tax Justice ⚖
Panama Papers: Does HMRC have the resources to tackle offshore tax evasion?www.civilserviceworld.com/ articles/news/panama-papers does-hmrc-have-resources-tackle-offshore-tax-evasion
Tribunal Fees ⚖
Unlawful tribunal fees will be scrapped
The government acted unlawfully when it introduced fees for employment tribunals, the Supreme Court has ruled.