By Francesca James
Responding to news that the government is planning to drive through massive cuts to civil service redundancy pay, Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said:
“The High Court ruled twice in our favour that it was unlawful for the government to cut civil service redundancy pay without the consent of its workforce.
“It is a disgrace that, simply because it failed to get its way, the government now appears to be prepared to change the law to make it easier and cheaper to sack tens of thousands of civil and public servants.
“Following the High Court decision, we immediately said we were open to negotiations to seek to reach an agreement. So it is shocking that the government does not seem willing to even test whether this is possible.
“This comes on the back of news that more than one million jobs could be lost in the public and private sectors because of the government’s cuts.
“There is an alternative to these cuts and we are clear that we will use all the means at our disposal to resist any attempt to make low-paid public servants pay the price for an economic crisis they did not cause.”