The government is proposing to cut civil service redundancy payments by up to a third through massive changes to the civil service compensation scheme.
This is happening at the same time as hundreds of government offices are earmarked for closure and thousands of loyal public sector workers face losing their jobs.
The proposals are fundamentally aimed at cutting redundancy pay, to make it cheaper to cut jobs. When Francis Maude introduced changes to the CSCS in 2010 he said they were fair, affordable and sustainable in the long term. This promise is now being broken to cut jobs on the cheap.
The government is running a consultation until 4 May http://bit.ly/1V6niSV PCS are replying to the consultation but want their members to respond using a model response but, if preferred, individuals can edit their response using the PCS model response document (opens as Word doc) before sending it.
• Ensure you are polite and do not make suggestions which could be detrimental to civil service terms and conditions
• Make sure you input all your details, including name, job role, organisation and contact details which appear in the main body of the email
• Also note that the government may publish consultation responses in summary or in full.
The PCS national executive has agreed a campaign plan, including:
• Briefing their parliamentary group to raise the 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 their position.
Sign the petition
You can help raise the profile of the PCS 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.