Home Office staff work to rule

More than 300 Home Office payroll and pensions staff are working to rule after a three-day strike last week in protest at an...

More than 300 Home Office payroll and pensions staff are working to rule after a three-day strike last week in protest at an "unworkable computer system".

The strike was sparked by management withdrawing an "exceptional circumstances allowance" that was introduced in August 2000 to reward staff struggling with the introduction of a new Payfact enterprise payroll system provided by LogicaCMG.

Home Office management and representatives of the Professional and Commercial Services Union in Bootle were set to meet this week. A Home Office spokesman said, "We want to maintain a dialogue to resolve this issue as soon as possible."

The Home Office said the Payfact system was now operating to 99.5% accuracy, but union officials claimed that far from making the payroll operation more efficient, more staff were needed to operate the new system and that it required numerous workarounds.

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