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Commenting on the state pension age announcement, Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said:

“Bringing forward the increase in the pension age is another sign of failure from the Tories whose handling of the economy over the last seven years has been disastrous.

“Just this week a study linked a slow-down in improvement in life expectancy to spending cuts on health and social care, yet the Tories are forcing people to work longer before they can retire.”

Today’s (18) defeat for the Cabinet Office in the High Court over its latest cuts to redundancy pay for civil servants is a major blow for Theresa May's “weak and unstable” government, the Public and Commercial Services union says.
The union successfully took a judicial review after being excluded from negotiations over changes to the civil service compensation scheme – which governs voluntary and compulsory redundancy terms for the government’s workforce.
Civil servants made redundant in the last eight months could now have a claim for compensation after being left thousands of pounds worse off.
In court the union, by far the largest in the civil service, argued the former Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer – who lost his seat at the general election – failed in his legal “duty to consult with a view to reaching agreement” by excluding it from more than a dozen meetings attended by most of the smaller unions.
After initial talks on proposals for new, worsened terms in early 2016 a senior Cabinet Office official wrote to the civil service unions in June of that year to propose a further round, but stated:
“I want to be clear that attendance at any further discussions will be taken as a clear commitment that those unions engaging in the talks have accepted that the proposal above will form the basis of a reformed, negotiated, set of arrangements that their relevant executives can recommend acceptance to their members in any ballot.”
PCS, the Prison Officers’ Association and Unite refused to agree to this, so were excluded. All the other civil service unions agreed to take part on that basis. The judges conclude it was “not surprising [the three unions] were unable to give such a commitment”.
In the judgement handed down today (18), Lord Justice Sales and Mrs Justice Whipple add: “There was no basis on which the Minister was entitled to exclude the PCSU from the consultation.”

Read more: PCS: DEFEAT FOR GOVERNMENT IN HIGH COURT OVER REDUNDANCY CUTS

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BOOK: COST OF LIVING CRISIS

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By MIchael Calderbank

Foreword by Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary

 

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Based on research commissioned by the TUCG, the book examines why costs have risen for all items of expenditure, ranging from housing and child care to food and transport. He makes practical proposals on how these costs can be reduced. He also delivers an uncompromising message to the leaders of all mainstream Westminster Parties: it is time to end the politics of austerity, an ideological project to cut the size of the state permanently.

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The impact of falling real wages, benefit cuts and soaring housing costs - with a foreword by Mark Serwotka (General Secretary, PCS).  Click image to download.

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 Click the image to download the new pamphlet from TUCG, looking at how the cost of living is impacting on working families, and what kind of measures are needed to really make a difference (with a foreword by Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary).