Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman workers vote for strike action over pay

PCS members working as senior caseworkers, caseworkers and admin for the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman have voted overwhelmingly for action following a below inflation pay offer.

The 2% offer from bosses marks the 10th consecutive below inflation (RPI) pay imposition leaving PHSO members worse off each year. During negotiations management claimed that PCS costings were “unaffordable” despite acknowledging that a just pay rise would only cost £50k.

Senior executives at the Ombudsman have been treated differently however, with many getting a 4% pay rise and executive directors receiving bonuses of up to £10,000.

Management have now decided to impose the pay offer without reaching a collective agreement with PCS reps.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Our members in the PHSO have not taken this decision lightly. They have tried to negotiate a fair deal. However management have shown utter contempt for their situation and imposed a pay cut on hardworking staff.

“Strike action is now a very real possibility unless management see sense and get back to negotiating a fair and just settlement.

“It is clear our members are being treated differently from top executives, despite being a key part of the PHSO.”

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