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Union bargaining required by PCS?

Workers are considering industrial action as they seek to get a better deal.

15 August 2011

Hundreds of government workers who belong to the Public and Commercials Services Union (PCS) may decide to strike over a pay dispute.

The employees - who work for the Driver and Vehicle Leasing Agency, the Office for National Statistics and HM Revenue and Customs among others - are not happy with the offer of between a 1.5 and 2.5 per cent hike.

This is despite the fact staff, who are contracted by Fujitsu, have met or exceeded performance targets and so strike negotiations could be required to prevent action.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of PCS - which has over 290,000 members - observed: "Senior managers are pocketing bonuses in excess of what some of our members earn in a year. It's offensive for Fujitsu to claim it can't afford to increase pay."

He added ministers are still responsible for these workers and so they should ignore the issue, which could pave the way for union bargaining.

Posted by Edel Quinn

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