Learning and Skills Council strike ballot

One out, some out

Results of a strike ballot of union members at Learning and Skills Councils (LSC) in England are due about now.

More than 2,000 Public and Commercial Services Union (PCSU) members working for the LSC were asked to support a one-day strike, followed by a series of selective strikes.

The union called the strike ballot as part of its campaign against LSC plans to axe 1,120 jobs by June 2006 as part of a major restructuring.

PCSU general secretary Mark Serwotka called the planned cuts “ill thought-out, chaotic and unacceptable”, and said they will damage its ability to meet its remit.

LSC director of strategy and communications Rob Wye said: “We are in regular contact with the PCS and have consulted with them throughout.

We are looking to re-deploy staff and we are also offering voluntary severance but we cannot preclude some compulsory redundancies.”

The LSC employs 3,900 staff plus about 600 temporaries.

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