Union in Cabinet talks after Budget job cuts announcement

The
Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has held emergency talks with senior
Cabinet Office officials following the Budget announcement to cut more than
40,000 public sector jobs.

The
Cabinet Office agreed to union requests to set up negotiating machinery to look
at the issue, but further details of the cuts will not emerge until July.

Mark
Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said the union had laid out its concerns in "the
strongest possible way" and hoped to meet with ministers in the coming
weeks to seek clarification on the cuts.

He
said the Government’s refusal to divulge any more information on the cuts would
leave thousands of public servants in limbo, unable to make plans for the
future because they did not know where the axe would fall.

The
issue has divided the unions, with the GMB calling the cuts "a brave move".

By
Michael Millar

 

 

 

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