PCS win more H&S protections but Home Office must do more

HO/MB/030/20

Summary:

PCS bring about change for Home Office to provide face masks and screens at public facing desks

 PCS have secured further safety measures as the Home Office reverse their position on not allowing officers to wear face masks in operational/public facing settings.

Since the start of the lock down PCS have been objecting to the Home Office stance of not providing front line Border Force officers with face masks and not installing screens at passport controls and at other public facing enquiry points. We repeatedly raised this with senior management within Border Force and the Home Office but they kept referring us back to government and PHE guidelines stating that they did not support the use of face masks in operational settings where social distancing was impossible and passengers/members of the public were asymptomatic. Their stated belief was that face-masks provide very little in the way of protection and they refused to consider the reassurance that masks might provide to our members working to keep the borders secure during the pandemic. Continue reading

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Pay 2020

 

HO/MB/029/20

Treasury thanks civil servants with real-terms pay cut

Summary:

Treasury disrespect members by ignoring PCS representations and announcing below-inflation pay remit

 Treasury ‘Pay Remit’ published

You will hopefully have seen by now, the announcement from the Treasury and the Cabinet Office, that despite the tremendous work done by PCS members to support the country through the Covid-19 crisis, our reward is to be punished with yet another below-inflation pay rise. In effect, this means yet another real-terms pay cut for workers who have been praised in Parliament for being the linchpin holding the country’s economy together.

Further because the government’s pay remit is published late once again, for the umpteenth year the Home Office have already indicate any pay increases will be delayed again beyond the 1st July settlement date. Continue reading

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PCS victory on Apprenticeships

Members Briefing

Date:  5 May 2020

HO/MB/026/20

 

Summary: Department announces wholesale changes to apprenticeship terms and conditions

 

PCS can confirm the department has written to all externally recruited apprentices informing them of changes to their contracts of employment from 1 April 2020.  The letters informed Level 3 apprentices that they will be moved on to the relevant substantive grade (Administrative Officer spot rate) and permanent contracts from 1st April 2020.

This is a significant victory for members and the union. PCS action has resulted in a near £7,000 per year pay increase for some of our lowest paid members. Continue reading

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