PCS, along with GMB, Unite and POA, have jointly pledged to reject he Government’s latest proposals to cut the redundancy pay of civil service workers.
The government must ‘significantly change’ its latest plan to reduce civil service redundancy pay in order to meet its legal obligations. That’s the ultimatum given them by four of the UK’s biggest unions who defeated the government over their plans to alter the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS).
The four trade unions, PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union, GMB, Unite the Union and prison office union the POA, issued a joint pledge to defend the rights of their members and to reject what they deem to be unacceptable changes to civil service redundancy pay. Under a new scheme, the unions will hold talks with the government between now and February in a bid to get a better deal for workers.
According to the unions, the government is keen to negotiate a new compensation scheme in a further bid to make it cheaper for them to sack civil service staff. It has now launched a new consultation that features worse terms for civil service workers that those that were imposed in 2016 and defeated by unions in the High Court.
Following that High Court ruling, ministers now have a legal obligation to consult the unions on any proposed changes to the CSCS to reach an agreement.
Members of the PCS union rejected the 2016 changes by a majority of 96%. POA members also rejected the changes and Unite and GMB joined them in refusing to sign up to the cuts.
The four unions have now written to the government and set out their terms for the talks.