Civil servants in overtime ban protest

Picket liners at Warbreck House on strike. L-R is Duncan Griffiths, Jon Colgan, Gregg Fothergill, Katya Lawder, Grant McClure and Dean Rhodes.
Picket liners at Warbreck House on strike. L-R is Duncan Griffiths, Jon Colgan, Gregg Fothergill, Katya Lawder, Grant McClure and Dean Rhodes.
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CIVIL servants formed a picket line at as their fight with the Government over pay and pensions rumbles on.

Department for Work and Pensions Workers at Warbreck House in North Shore turned out to highlight their self-imposed ban on overtime.

More than 80 per cent of workers agreed to take industrial action at the site.

Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) branch chairman Martin Jones said: “We are totally dismayed the new administration has embarked on a process to try and bully and browbeat the PCS into accepting even worse terms than were on offer under the previous Government.

The Civil Service Compensation Scheme is the way severances and redundancy payments are made to civil servants when there are job cuts.

The former government attempted to bring in changes to the CSCS and imposed changes to accrued rights from April 1.

Staff are also unhappy at pay awards; they received a two per cent rise in 2007, nothing in 2008, and one per cent in 2009.