Government IT workers set to strike

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HMRC, the Office of National Statistics and the DVLA are some of the government departments that could be hit as a ballot of 720 PCS union members at Fujitsu results in a vote to strike. I blogged last month about the ballot, which asked the workers whether they wanted take industrial action over a pay dispute.

The PCS union says because Fujitsu has met or exceeded performance targets senior managers are enjoying bonuses in excess of £14,000 in some cases it is only offering staff rises of between just 1.5% and 2.5%, well below the rate of inflation. The lowest paid staff earn just £13,500 a year.

A total of 65% voted for a strike and 85% for other forms of industrial action. There was a 63% turnout. Strikes could now happen in September and October.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "With some staff paid less in a year than executives can pick up as a bonus, Fujitsu's pay offer is insultingly low.

If Fujitsu fails to hit service level agreements with the government as a result of industrial action it will be penalised.

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More willy waving by Serwotka, so it would seem. No change there then. Move on...

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