PCS warns of more strikes at EHCR

ehrc-strike-pcsThe PCS says further strikes are likely at the government’s equality watchdog as the Cabinet Office has now approved 12 compulsory redundancies.

Redundancy notices are expected to be issued in early February as part of a restructuring at the Equality and Human Rights Commission under cuts imposed by the Tory government.

Seven of the affected staff are from ethnic minorities, three are disabled, eight are older workers and three are union representatives, who we believe have been singled out because of their trade union activity.

Part of the EHRC’s remit is to monitor and enforce equality legislation that aims to ensure workers in protected groups such as these are not discriminated against.

The union says other suitable jobs are available and senior EHRC officials have not done enough to avoid the redundancies.

Opposing the cuts, PCS and Unite members have so far taken five days of strike action.

A recent National Audit Office briefing, prepared for the women and equalities select committee, notes the EHRC’s budget has been cut by almost 70% since it was created in 2008, and faces a further 25% over the next four years.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Cutting budgets and staff would leave the commission toothless at precisely the time we need a robust authority to tackle hate crime and discrimination.

“There is no need to force staff out of their jobs and we will continue to fight these redundancies.”

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