PENSION CONTRIBUTION PROBLEMS: FURTHER UPDATE AS PCS ACHIEVE SIGNIFICANT WIN.

HO/MB/049/18

Summary: PCS have received details of how the Home Office intends to deal with the issue of uncollected pension contributions on allowances across the Department, first raised by PCS in 2016.

Members will recall that in HO/MB/053/17, HO/MB/068/17 and HO/MB/069/17 PCS outlined the issues experienced by the Home Office in identifying allowances from which pension contributions had not been collected in some cases dating back as far as 2002. As previously reported PCS had highlighted the issue in 2016, but progress on getting this issue investigated had been particularly slow.

 

At the time of the last circulars, PCS reported that the Home Office had commissioned various parts of the department and Shared Services to identify the allowances affected and quantify the amount of the underpayment. This involved the employment of contractors which added a further cost burden to rectifying the errors. PCS believe that had the service not been privatised this additional cost would have been unnecessary. Continue reading

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Pay 2018 – Imposition

 

HO/MB/047/18

Summary: Department respond to PCS over Pay 2018 and signal intention to impose offer in October pay.

Background

Following the completion of negotiations over pay in August this year, PCS were presented with a final offer on 30 August.  We have engaged in a month of member engagement over this offer and we responded to the department on 28 September.

 

Our Response

Our feedback from members was overwhelmingly that the offer was nowhere near what we had set out to achieve, given our original demands of £1,200 or 5% for all members.  The final offer can be summarised as 1.5%, made up of varying degrees of consolidated and non-consolidated amounts.

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BORDER FORCE BREXIT: LEAVE BAN AND RESTRICTIONS

Summary: PCS have received proposals that the Border Force Senior Management Team intend to impose a complete leave ban, followed by a restricted period to cover the period when the UK leaves EU.

Members will no doubt be aware that PCS have received an in confidence proposal that Border Force had the intention to implement the following arrangements for Annual Leave prior to and during the EU Exit period.  All elements are intended to apply to all Border Staff regardless of role or grade: Continue reading

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