Update: we’ve heard that management from Steria are visiting the York Defra offices at 10am. Let’s welcome them!
Members of the PCS Union working in offices on Peasholme Green will go on strike on Friday 25th October.
York People’s Assembly are supporting them by calling on everyone to join the picket line from 8.30am, next to the Black Swan pub. The government recently announced that, as from 1st November, management of their jobs will be transferred to a company called Steria. The French mega-corp has already promised to cut jobs, close entire offices and move jobs overseas to get around employees’ workplace rights.
None of this will improve the quality or quantity of work – in fact, these are under immense threat. It will involve ordinary people’s personal information being sent and stored outside Britain. And it matches a pattern of outsourcing that this government is keen to use more of, making it harder for all of us to get jobs and secure our rights at work.
Graham Bowers, PCS Defra York Branch Chair writes: “PCS and Unison have been in intense discussion with the Cabinet Office since the Spring about the governments decision to privatise our shared services in DWP, DEFRA, BIS and Environment Agency.
“Unfortunately because we cannot reach agreements with Government, who won’t talk to us about our principled objections to this and hold the view that the people issues can be dealt with post-transfer, we have had no option but to call PCS members in Shared Services in DWP and DEFRA out on strike on Friday 25th October in this important fight against privatisation. The employer remains insistent that our members and these functions will transfer to the private sector on 1st November with the spectre of job losses, office closures and off-shoring of our personal data high on the agenda.”