Outsourced court workers vote for strike action after rejecting 13p pay rise

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More than 300 court security staff employed by OCS have voted for strike action after rejecting a 13p an hour pay rise.

The PCS members, currently paid between £8.72 to £8.85, have been offered only a 1.5%pay rise, despite OCS recently boasting about making £20 million in COVID-related sales since the start of the pandemic.

The union is also demanding sick pay from day one, 30 days’ annual leave per year for each contract staff member and a one-off bonus in recognition of the hard work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

PCS members on the contract have worked tirelessly since March to keep courts operational in unprecedented and challenging times. 91.1% voted in favour of strike action on a 67.8% turnout.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This is a fantastic result and is a testament to our members determination to win pay justice from a greedy private contractor. A company that boasts about making £20m in COVID-related sales and then offers a miserly 13p an hour extra to court security staff should hang their heads in shame. Unless OCS bosses give our members a just settlement, then strike action will follow and PCS will back security staff all the way.”

In a separate dispute court and tribunal staff in HMCTS are being balloted for industrial action over COVID safety concerns.

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