The government is aiming to slash civil service redundancy just 6 years after the current civil service redundancy scheme was introduced in December 2010.
The current civil service redundancy scheme was introduced in December 2010. The terms were described by then Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, as “fair, affordable and sustainable; they offer protection to the lowest paid and those nearing retirement, and put a cap on the total amount which can be paid out to any one individual.”
Yet the government is now seeking to make further cuts to redundancy pay, which will affect every civil servant facing redundancy, and introduce a lower cap on the total amount which can be paid out to an individual to £95,000. The proposals are fundamentally aimed at cutting redundancy pay to make it cheaper to cut our members’ jobs so we need you to get involved and say why you oppose the changes.
Ministers have started a consultation (document opens as PDF) to run until 4 May with the aim of radically changing redundancy terms, which will affect every civil servant facing redundancy.
Our national executive has agreed a campaign plan, including:
- Briefing our parliamentary group to raise our campaign across all available channels
- Lobbying the Labour party, and other opposition parties, to ask them to oppose the changes
- Lobbying the devolved administrations to support our position.
It is essential that as many members as possible respond to the government consultation. The Cabinet Office has produced a 17 question response template. Our union will give members guidance on how to respond in an email to all members to make it as easy as possible to respond to the consultation. This will be available ahead of the members’ meetings.
Details of members’ meetings for Bootle Taxes Branch will be sent to all members shortly.
A senior PCS lay reps’ forum will be held following the members’ meetings and before our annual delegate conference in Brighton in May to discuss our forward strategy. Our national executive will meet following the forum and consider tabling an emergency motion to conference based on the outcome of members’ meetings, discussions with activists and the latest state of play in negotiations.
You can help raise the profile of our campaign by signing the petition on the UK parliament website which calls for the cessation of changes to the CSCS. When the petition reaches 10,000 signatures the government must respond to it and at 100,000 it will be considered for a debate in parliament.
Lobbying your MP
Our regional offices are coordinating branch lobbies of MPs by setting up constituency office meetings. During their meeting reps and members should link the cuts in redundancy provision to the issue of office closures as thousands of jobs are under threat.
An MP should see you as a constituent rather than as a trade unionist. They are meant to represent a constituent’s interest, even if he or she does not always agree with them. If you meet your MP it is best to be brief, clear and as polite as possible.
If you do not know who your MP is then the House of Commons Information Office can tell you on 020 7219 4272 or visit the UK parliament website.
As part of our campaign against these attacks we want you to:
- Sign our petition against the changes
- Attend branch consultation meetings taking place in April
- Lobby your MP at meetings organised by our regional offices
- Send in a response to the government consultation using our e-action
- Or Use the PCS template response to the consultation (opens as Word doc)