Act Now to Stop the Outsourcing of Services
Shared Services members in DWP and DEFRA are facing privatisation on 1 November. The privatisation will result in significant numbers of redundancies, site closures and off-shoring of work. In defence of members, PCS is campaigning against the privatisation, job losses, site closures and off-shoring of work currently done by civil servants.
Staff and services are due to be transferred to private sector company Steria on 1 November, including at a site in deputy prime minister Nick Clegg's Sheffield Hallam constituency. Steria intends to cut staff and offshore work within 12 months of the transfer date.
In addition, all members in DWP and Defra face having their private data offshored along with those of tens of thousands of other civil servants. You can play your part to oppose the plans by emailing Clegg (Don't Offshore my Data) to tell him to stop the privatisation.
This current round of shared services privatisation follows on from outsourcing at the Department for Transport in June.
Take the protest to Clegg
Complete the e-action (Don't Offshore my Data) urging Clegg to stop privatisation.
Voluntary Transfers to Child Maintenance Group
A week ago the DWP announced that a number of sites were to be transferred to the Child Maintenance Group (CMG). The
sites and the dates for transfer are listed below:
Voluntary Transfers on Merseyside
On top of all this there was a recent exercise to get around 17 Band B (AO) volunteers to move from the jobcentre network to CMG.
We understand they’ve not found many willing to volunteer.
Electronic Media - Branch Circular
The DWP Electronic Media Policy has been updated to include guidance to staff about using social media such as Twitter and
Facebook. The Branch has issued some advice to those DWP staff who use social media. See
Save our Shared Services
The government is privatising Shared Services across the civil service and for arms length bodies.
Shared services include ‘transactional’ services, such as payroll. This means that as a civil servant, your personal details will be in the hands of the highest bidder and subject to the need for private profit rather than a public sector ethos of public service.
This situation is made worse by the fact that the Cabinet Office has confirmed that there is a possibility that the work could be off-shored.
As part of the campaign to stop the privatisation, please send this pre written campaign email to your MP urging them to contact Francis Maude MP, Cabinet Office Minister, and challenge his plans.
Visit http://action.pcs.org.uk/page/speakout/save-our-shared-services and write to your MP now.
DWP Pay Award Update
DWP wrote to staff on 3 June telling them that they had completed pay negotiations with the Civil Service Trade Unions.
Since then, PCS, Prospect and the FDA have consulted their members.
PCS members are angry that for the sixth year in succession, consolidated pay increases have been frozen or restricted. We are angry because the rising cost of living and falling value of our pay means that we face increasing pressure just to meet day to day needs like rising utility bills, the cost of the weekly shop and transport and fuel costs.
PCS members' overwhelming view is rejection of the pay offer. The GEC has made clear to DWP that the offer is not fair, does not recognise the hard work of our members and will do nothing to improve staff morale.
DWP has decided to implement the pay award with July salaries. Non-consolidated payments, based on performance from April 2012 to March 2013, will also be paid with July salaries. Non-consolidated payments are decided annually as part of pay negotiations and can vary from year to year.
The GEC will continue to campaign and argue against a hostile government for fair pay and against austerity.
This award covers the whole of DWP, including colleagues in the Child Maintenance Group.
Band B Decision Making
Branches were informed of a meeting with DWP management regarding the trialling of Band B decision making for 'non-complex' Labour
Market Decision Making and Appeals (LMDMA).
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