The ongoing chaos around Brexit is having many detrimental impacts on PCS members’ working lives.
In Stratford DWP, hundreds of workers have been temporarily reallocated to Brexit-related work on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra). Members have said they want to ballot over this.
The concern is that DWP is looking to move work outside of London, where they don’t have to pay London weighting, so workers are worried that they might not get their DWP work back after the Defra project is finished.
The union will be submitting a pay claim to the government demanding that civil servants who are doing Brexit-related work are all paid the same high wages. Your money should not be determined by the department you work in.
Our members in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office employed by the outsourced contractor Interserve have recently reballoted, returning a 100% vote for further industrial action on an 83% turnout. Those workers will strike again on 7, 8, 11, and 12 November.
We are also looking to spread the dispute involving outsourced cleaners in HMRC, currently localised in Merseyside officers, to other parts of HMRC nationally.
The recent victories at BEIS will hopefully embolden other outsourced workers in the civil service to fight for greater equality.
With a possible general election looming, PCS recently affirmed that it will campaign for a Labour vote in England and Wales.
The position in Scotland is slightly more complex, but we will also be explaining to members there why the union believes putting a Labour government into power in Westminster is in the best interests of all PCS members nationally.