PCS launches strike-breaking probe at the Foreign Office

The PCS has contacted the Metropolitan Police over allegations of strikebreaking by agency staff at the Foreign Office.

Maintenance and cleaning staff employed by Interserve are currently back on strike after suspending industrial action in July in favour of talks with the employer through ACAS.

But with a deal in sight and after agreeing a bargaining unit of those members who had been in dispute, Interserve turned on PCS members by adding other members of staff who had not been involved in dispute and scuppered the possibility of union recognition.

As a result, workers yesterday began strike action that is also taking place today, and November 11 and 12.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Interserve have done everything they can to thwart a just settlement to this dispute. There is a deal where PCS would be recognised and could negotiate improvements to working conditions of staff.

“Yet Interserve have left our members no choice but to take strike action.

“We call upon the foreign secretary to intervene in this dispute and to put an end to contracting out of services within government departments by bringing them back in-house.”

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