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					PCS PARLIAMENTARY BRIEFING: MARCH 2006
                                                     environmental impacts, directors are obliged to
Bills Update                                         minimise damage done to the environment and
Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill             local communities and people harmed overseas
PCS have 2,000 members working in UK                 by UK companies‟ actions are allowed to take
Immigration Service (UKIS) and over 3,000            action against them in a UK court. TJM and
members working for Her Majesty‟s Revenue            CORE will be holding a drop-in briefing to
and Customs (HMRC) searching vehicles for            discuss the amendments after the recess in
illegal and prohibited materials. UKIS members       April. A more detailed briefing, if you are unable
operate juxtaposed controls where UK and             to attend is available on request.
French immigration officials have a reciprocal
agreement to exercise immigration powers in
control zones to protect our own borders. This
control ensures clandestines found in the British
control zone can be handed back to the French
authorities that are responsible for dealing with
their asylum claim.
PCS‟s concern is that Clauses 40 and 41 of the
new Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill, if
passed, would enable private contractors to
carry out searches of any vehicles (including
ships and aircraft) currently searched by public
sector UKIS staff. Whilst contractors currently
operate alongside our members at the berth side
in Calais, they do not have the power to examine
the inside of a vehicle or search on their own.
Most vehicle searching takes place in the freight
lanes and is conducted solely by public sector
UKIS staff. PCS‟s fear is that contractors on low
wages will be less committed and more open to
criminal inducements. Additionally, at a time of
heightened national security it is deeply
disturbing that there is a clause in the Bill
allowing the effective privatisation of the UK‟s
border control.
The third reading of the Bill in the House of
Lords will occur today. Baroness Turner raised
our concerns during committee and report stage
of the Bill and we have also had significant
concessions following a meeting of
representatives from the parliamentary group
with the Minister, Tony McNulty MP, regarding
no extension of contractors into freight lanes and
a review of this after one year with full
involvement from PCS. It is hoped that the
parliamentary group will be able to strengthen
these commitments when the Bill returns to the
House of Commons.
Company Law Reform Bill
PCS is a member of the Trade Justice
Movement (TJM) and is supporting their
campaign alongside the Corporate
Responsibility Coalition (CORE) to „right the
corporate wrongs‟ by modernising company law.
The Company Law Reform Bill will start its
passage through parliament in early April and we
would ask the parliamentary group to support the
amendments tabled by TJM and CORE. These
amendments would ensure that companies are
legally required to report on their social and


March 2006

For more information contact PCS’s campaigns team:
Tel: 020 7801 2820, e-mail tom@pcs.org.uk
Public and Commercial Services Union
160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2LN
Job Cuts – Update:                                       St James Street, Newport, Isle of Wight.
                                                         Concord House, Paignton;
Whilst the union has been successful to date
both in avoiding compulsory redundancies and             Regent Court, Sheffield;
tackling privatisation threats in the civil service      Coniston House, Washington;
and beyond there are growing signs that not only         Snow Hill, Wolverhampton; and
are there further problems building up as a              Crown Buildings, Woolwich;
consequence of the 2004 Spending Review but           Members working at these offices will be
that the early indications suggest that the 2007      relocated. For example those at Basingstoke will
Spending Review currently being planned could         be redeployed at Woking and of the 65 staff
well make matters worse.                              currently employed on the Isle of Wight the
Within the civil service strong representations       majority will be relocated to the mainland,
have been made by the union to ensure that            although some will remain in Newport. PCS has
whatever the outcome of the next Spending             concerns about the impact of these proposals on
Review it is not announced in the crass manner        equality issues, as many of the staff working in
in which the 2004 review and the associated           these offices are female part-time working
Gershon and Lyons Reviews were by senior              mothers with childcare or other caring
politicians, with no prior consultation with the      responsibilities and extra travel time and
unions involved.                                      expense would seriously impact their work life
                                                      balance.
Departmental issues                                   Additionally, HMRC floorwalkers are being
Department of Work and Pensions                       introduced in Tax Enquiry Centres to divert
Jobs, rights and Services                             customers to telephones or the internet to deal
The campaign for jobs, rights and services            with their queries. The floorwalkers themselves
continues in the Department for Work and              may deal directly with simple queries face to
Pensions. The strike days in January were             face. However, it is understood that many
overwhelmingly supported by members and we            queries will only be dealt face to face by
would like to thank MPs who supported their           appointment. While PCS is not opposed to the
local PCS branches on the strike days.                development of technological based services we
Since the strike DWP members have been                do not believe this should be at the expense of
taking part in an overtime ban. The annual            face to face contact, especially as that is the
figures on overtime worked in the department          preferred method of service for the most
are equivalent to 5,400 extra staff. The refusal of   vulnerable in society. We are concerned that
thousands of members to work overtime places          HMRC may be following the example of DWP in
continuing and increasing pressure on the             reducing footfall and denying the public access
department as it relies heavily on overtime to        to services.
make up for staff shortages, clear arrears and to     Finally, large-scale relocations have been
keep backlogs down. As a result of the overtime       announced for PAYE processing work from
ban the department have been forced to                North Hampshire & Surrey and Oxon &
introduce panic measures and they have already        Buckinghamshire. We have concerns over the
approached colleagues in Northern Ireland to          quality of work arriving at Lothian particularly as
work overtime on cases that would normally be         that is where the LEAN processing job design
done in England. NIPSA, the Northern Ireland          has been piloted.
civil service union, has shown solidarity with
PCS by refusing to work this overtime. Union          No impact assessments have been forthcoming
negotiations with senior management are               from the employer in relation to the office
ongoing and we expect to meet management              closures or the relocations despite requests from
throughout March and would welcome a                  the union.
parliamentary group delegation to meet with the       Parliamentary questions have already been
Minister to support the negotiation process.          asked on these issues, in addition EDM 1492 on
HMRC: Lean Processing & office                        the job cuts protocol has been tabled which we
                                                      request you sign if you have not already done so
closures
                                                      and we hope to have an early parliamentary
PCS have concerns over a series of recent office
                                                      group meeting with the minister, Dawn Primarolo
closure announcements by HMRC and plans to
                                                      MP.
redesign its enquiry centres. Office closures
announced so far include:                             Ministry of Defence:
 Loddon House, Basingstoke;                          Defence Day of Action
 Lockton House, Cambridge;                           PCS would like to thank members of the
 Jephson House, Leamington Spa;                      parliamentary group for their support of the
 Solar House, New Madlen;                            Defence Day of Action in January. Since then


March 2006

For more information contact PCS’s campaigns team:
Tel: 020 7801 2820, e-mail tom@pcs.org.uk
Public and Commercial Services Union
160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2LN
detailed briefings have been circulated to MPs         of equipment and infrastructure. Initially, a mixed
relating to the debates on Defence Procurement.        economy approach was proposed whereby an
                                                       “intelligent customer” function would be retained.
Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO)
                                                       This would allow in-house expertise and
One particular immediate area of concern is the
                                                       capability to be maintained and step in if there
Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) where
                                                       were problems with contract delivery. However
half of the Departmental job cuts announced as
                                                       the MoD rejected this approach in favour of
part of Gershon will fall, with 5,800 posts to be
                                                       totally outsourcing all IT support and provision.
cut. PCS are concerned at the possibility of
compulsory redundancy if the headcount                 The privatisation will be delivered in 3
reductions do not deliver the cuts that are            increments. The first increment, the smallest of
required.                                              the three, went ahead on 1st August 2005. It was
                                                       awarded to the ATLAS consortium, comprising
The DLO is planning to collocate 4,000
                                                       the IT companies; EDS and Fujitsu, who have a
employees to the Bath/Bristol area from across
                                                       long track record of failing to deliver on other
the country. Particular sites at risk include:
                                                       public sector IT contracts e.g. Inland Revenue.
Andover;
                                                       The much bigger chunk of the contract will
Caversfield;
                                                       transfer in increments 2 and 3. This will involve
Telford; and
                                                       all of the MoD battlefield operational systems,
Wyton/Brampton.
                                                       including secret systems used by the military and
PCS are concerned that the DLO have recently           is due to be delivered in 2007 with the third in
purchased a property and land near Bristol             2008.
before publication of the collocation business
                                                       PCS recognises the need to monitor and
case and consultation has even begun. The
                                                       modernise MoD IT systems but does not believe
purchase was announced by the DLO on 21
                                                       total outsourcing is the answer. Current
December 2005.
                                                       proposals place the MoD at considerable risk
We believe the response by the minister, Adam          and cannot demonstrate value for money. A
Ingram MP, when questioned on this purchase            properly resourced in-house option has to be
during the defence procurement debate on 2             considered. PCS will be calling on the
February that “we will release that space back to      parliamentary group to support our Early Day
the market” if the collocation does not proceed        Motion which is being tabled today and to ask
raises questions over the proper use of public         questions in the House. We are also seeking a
funds.                                                 meeting with Rt Hon Dr John Reid to raise our
                                                       concerns and seek information on the impact of
Many of the staff currently at RAF Wyton,
                                                       these proposals
situated in the Huntingdon constituency, were
relocated there from Harrogate between 1993            Learning and Skills Council:
and 1995 with a promise of a new life in               Agenda for change
Cambridgeshire. However, this is now one of the        PCS LSC representatives recently met to
sites threatened with collocation to the south         discuss the next steps of the campaign to
west. Civilian staff at the site are currently         oppose the Agenda for Change in the Learning
responsible for logistics support to the RAF,          and Skills Council. The Agenda for Change sets
providing them with all supplies from aircraft         out a whole range of draconian cuts and
components to specialist clothing.                     restructuring for the organisation and includes
We are seeking a no compulsory redundancy              plans to axe 1,200 jobs even though it will mean
commitment from the MoD and an assurance               recruiting 700 new staff. The LSC are refusing to
that staff will not be forced to move as part of the   give a no compulsory redundancy guarantee and
DLO collocation proposals. We are asking for an        senior managers treat current employees with
impact statement on the effect of the job cuts in      contempt. PCS membership levels have been
DLO and what this means for the remaining staff        rapidly increasing since the change programme
and on the workload and ask the parliamentary          started and many of the staff at the LSC have
group to support us with this work.                    been subjected to never ending and poorly
                                                       designed change programmes for too long.
Defence Information Initiative (DII)
As part of the Defence Information Initiative(DII)     In response, PCS are organising an industrial
the MoD plans to totally outsource the whole of        action ballot. We want to avoid compulsory
its IT support and provision. At a cost of £4          redundancies and instead match and transfer
billion this is the largest IT privatisation project   existing staff to the new organisation and for the
yet seen in central government. It will also see       LSC to provide a proper compensation scheme
1,000 civil servants transfer to the private sector.   for voluntary severance.

Current IT provision is a mixture of in-house          When the Agenda for Change programme was
resource for IT support and contractual provision      first announced the minister, Bill Rammell MP,


March 2006

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Public and Commercial Services Union
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said he wanted the changes to be a model of           Job Cuts issues for noting;
good practice but the way that senior                 Export Credit Guarantee Department
management are implementing the changes so            Members in the ECGD are working to rule in
far, the opposite is true. We request that the        response to plans to close the Cardiff office and
parliamentary group take this issue up with the       move work to the office in London. PCS have
Education and Skills Select Committee.                serious concerns over whether the remaining
Childcare - closure of nurseries across               staff in Cardiff will be able to gain suitable
the country                                           alternative employment in their area and that this
PCS is alarmed that there appears to be a             could potentially lead to compulsory
creeping trend across the country to shut             redundancies.
nurseries in an effort to save costs. Such            British Council
closures are a backward step, as recent Cabinet       PCS are concerned at proposals under a new
Office guidance provides details on how               business plan that estimates the potential loss of
departments can set up workplace nurseries in         100 posts and the removal of work from
order to retain staff and also allow working          Manchester to London. We believe the business
parents to spend more time with their children.       case is inadequate as the costings are
So far PCS is aware that;                             inaccurate, the assumption that savings would
 Sunbeam Nursery, based in Quest House,              be made by moving work to London is incorrect
    Croydon is due to close at the end of this        and there should have been a proper feasibility
    year, which will affect 150 parents who work      study of other options.
    for the Home Office. This latest decision, in
    which the unions were not consulted by the        We are concerned that these changes are being
    Senior Executive Group (SEG) of the               time driven in order to deliver the British
    Immigration and Nationality Directorate, will     Council‟s Strategy 2010 that includes radical
    impact on staff‟s ability to continue working     restructuring of jobs both in the UK and
    for the HO as childcare options in Croydon        oversees. We believe the changes are
    are both expensive and limited;                   dependent on the success of the new SAP IT
 Civil servants in Bootle have benefited from        system being successfully implemented.
    a nursery and play scheme subsidised by           However, the system that went live in the UK on
    HM Revenue and Customs, Department for            5 January 2005 has not been working as
    Work and Pension, the Home Office and the         planned and the global roll-out of SAP has been
    Health & Safety Executive for many years.         delayed for another year. A request for a meeting
    Management in the HMRC and HSE have               with the Director General of the British Council
    confirmed that they intend to withdraw            has been denied and there are no guarantees
    subsidies from the nursery in April 2006. In      being given over whether there will be
    DWP and the Home Office PCS have not              compulsory redundancies.
    been able to secure confirmation from             Civil Service Code Consultation
    management that the subsidy provision will        PCS firmly believe that changes to the code
    continue; and                                     should be matters negotiated and agreed on
 In Darlington members working for the               behalf of all civil servants between the cabinet
    Department for Education and Skills at            office and the Council of Civil Service Unions
    Mowden Hall have also recently learned that       (CCSU). We welcome the concept of a civil
    the department intends to close the holiday       service code drafted in every day language
    play scheme from 1 May this year. 48 places       which is relevant to all the civil service. It is
    will be lost on a scheme which has received       important that the civil service code is not merely
    praise from Ofsted. In addition to DfES staff,    a statement of the responsibilities of civil
    the scheme is used by staff working for the       servants to the civil service and government of
    Department for Work and Pensions, Her             the day, but also of the civil service, the
    Majesty‟s Revenue and Customs and                 government of the day, and of ministers, to
    CAPITA.                                           individual civil servants.
In all cases the closure of these well used           The CCSU have raised concerns that the current
schemes could lead to some staff having to            draft (dated 9 January) produced by the Cabinet
seriously consider giving up their jobs in order to   Office and the civil service commissioners lacks
care for their children, particularly when they are   reference to civil service commitments to equality
already struggling with low pay.                      and diversity, both in the service we provide and
In all campaigns members are seeking                  to our own staff. Discussions between the CCSU
parliamentary group support, through tabling          and the cabinet office are ongoing.
questions and meeting with relevant MPs and
Ministers to overturn these decisions.



March 2006

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Tel: 020 7801 2820, e-mail tom@pcs.org.uk
Public and Commercial Services Union
160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2LN
Civil service pay:                                      pay and promotion systems that do not
                                                         discriminate against those who choose to
Civil Service Pay Coherence and 2006                     work flexibly.
Claim
Talks on civil service pay coherence over the        EDM 1757 was laid on the day and has so far
last two years, including more intensive             received 50 signatures. PCS is also requesting
discussions over the last 3 months have failed to    that all group members show their support by
achieve a consistent basis for eliminating the       signing to the EDM, if they have not already
huge pay gaps of more than 25% which now             done so.
exist, when comparing different parts of the civil
service doing the same or similar work.
Additionally, the current size of the gender pay
gap in the civil service, at 25%, has been
recently been thrown into the spotlight (see
below) and the government has been informed
they must put their own house in order, and
implement the principle of “equal pay for work of
equal value.”
Consequently, PCS is stepping up the campaign
work on pay issues, to focus more attention on
the injustice and unfairness involved and engage
our members directly in campaign activity.
Therefore we are planning;
 increased activity to identify new equal pay
     cases;
 a nationwide petition, to be presented to
     parliament in mid-June; and
 a series of workplace meetings for all PCS
     members in the civil service during April and
     May.
Local campaign activity is being encouraged
throughout the next three months, and MPs can
be expected to be contacted by PCS members
about these issues. During the summer, PCS will
be considering reports on difficulties and
disputes over pay, including the potential for
industrial action on a wider basis across civil
service organisations.
Equal Pay and EDM
Women PCS members from all over the country
lobbied parliament on the 7th March, the eve of
International Women‟s Day, to highlight the
gender pay gap of 25% in the civil service. The
lobby followed the publication of the Women and
Work Commission report which identified a 13%
pay gap between men and women in the
economy as a whole. Pointing to the fact that the
government‟s own employees suffer from a pay
gap which is almost double the national average
at 25%, PCS members lobbied their MPs to
demand the government take urgent action to
address this and to lead by example in tackling
equal pay. In particular they were asking for,
equal pay for work of equal value based on:
  an equality proofed job evaluation system;
  departmental equal pay audits to identify
     pay inequality;
  better flexible working options; and




March 2006

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Tel: 020 7801 2820, e-mail tom@pcs.org.uk
Public and Commercial Services Union
160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2LN
Departmental Pay issues                              Passport Agency – potential strike action
Prison Service: Equal Pay                            Our members in the Passport Agency are
In 1996/7 the Prison Service developed their         currently being balloted for industrial action
own customised job evaluation scheme (JES).          (strike and action short of a strike) as they have
The outcome of the exercise confirmed that PCS       not received a pay offer after a year of
members (predominantly female) working as            negotiations, despite a settlement date of August
administrative assistants/officers, secretaries,     1 2005. Passport agency staff are already some
typists, executive officers and higher executive     of the lowest paid civil servants in the country
officers should receive the same level of pay as     and they have responded professionally to
their operational support and prison                 additional demands placed on them since 1999,
officer/governor colleagues (predominantly           including the introduction of ID cards.
male).                                               If the result of ballot is a yes vote we will hope to
In response the Prison Service disowned their        take industrial action on 3 April, the launch date
own JES, as despite the work having been             of the new agency. We will also be asking the
confirmed as of equal value they did not want to     parliamentary group to table an EDM and
pay PCS members working in non-operational           support the strike action on the day.
roles the same as those working in operational       Department of Constitutional Affairs -
grades. Frustrated by the lack of constructive
                                                     Magistrates’ Court Pay (For noting)
negotiations with Prison Service management
                                                     Further to the very successful strike in December
PCS lodged 28 equal pay cases in January
                                                     and ongoing industrial action, pay negotiations
1999, which grew to over 3,000 by 2005.
                                                     for the magistrates‟ courts are still continuing
The litigation was lengthy, expensive and            under the auspices of ACAS. Progress has been
exhausting, as rather than negotiate the Prison      positive and we hope the negotiations will
Service continued to lodge appeals against 11        conclude with an offer by mid March. A full report
decisions in favour of PCS at Employment             will be prepared for the next group meeting.
Tribunals, Employment Appeal Tribunal and the
Court of Appeal, spending over £2 million. The
Prison Service made it clear they would appeal
at every opportunity rather than negotiate.
Prison Service management entered into
negotiations with PCS on a final settlement in
January 2006. This was on the eve of a further
22 day hearing which PCS was planning to
widely publicise as being a further waste of
taxpayers‟ money to support a discriminatory
pay system.
The settlement reached was is in two parts;
    A new improved pay scale for PCS
        grades in the Prison Service, which in
        the most junior grades means the
        maximums of pay scales are increased
        by over £3,000; and
    Back pay for members who lodged
        equal pay claims, worth approximately
        £50,000,000, with payments ranging
        from £500 to £50,000.
PCS would like to express its thanks to the
parliamentary group and Justice Unions
Parliamentary Group for raising this inequality of
the Prison Service‟s pay system and exposing
their insistence on wasting public money on
fighting to keep and unfair pay system. The
various meetings and letters written to the Prison
Service and also Treasury Ministers was
invaluable in securing a £50 million victory for
PCS members and upholding the principle of
equal pay.




March 2006

For more information contact PCS’s campaigns team:
Tel: 020 7801 2820, e-mail tom@pcs.org.uk
Public and Commercial Services Union
160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2LN
                                                       successful in fighting to ensure members
Other issues for noting:                               interests were recognised in the new law.
Privatisation of NHS Pensions Agency
and NHS agencies                                       The next few months will determine the
On 3 November 2005 an announcement was                 functions, organisational structure and regional
made that four NHS agencies; the NHS                   arrangements of the CEHR. Decisions will be
Pensions Agency, the NHS Logistics Authority,          made to determine the distribution of staff
the Dental Practice Board and the Prescription         between locations across the country including
Pricing Authority, were to be dissolved and their      London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, as
services outsourced.                                   well as the scope for the transfer or re-
                                                       employment of staff from the existing
Staff at the Pensions Agency will be handed            commission and the new commission‟s regional
over to the private contractor, Paymaster, under       arrangements. PCS has been running a
an existing contract with no further tender            countrywide consultation exercise with staff in all
process despite the scope of the contract              three organisations to discover their aspirations
altering significantly. Staff took strike action on    for the new body. The results will be presented in
20 January and continue to work to rule.               a briefing document to government and MPs.
There remains no business plan or costings for         PCS will be lobbying hard to ensure that the new
the planned privatisation and outsourcing of staff     CEHR is a robust, properly funded, authoritative
in all four NHS agencies. It has become clear          body which can really deliver on its promise.
however that the privatisation will be very            Siemen's offshoring
expensive change for taxpayers. There will be a        Siemens has announced proposals to offshore
double transfer of the NHS Agencies with               240 government contract jobs in National
associated costs, first to the Business Services       Savings and Investments to India. PCS
Authority (BSA) on 1 April, and then to                represents almost 2,000 members working for
Paymaster in October. The costs of the BSA             NS&I. We believe these plans have serious
continue to escalate as it will have a CEO and         consequences for our members and for the
six Executive Directors plus six Non-Executive         service.
Directors, all to manage 5 contracts. It is unclear
how this diverts resources to the frontline.           This is the second proposal to offshore National
                                                       Savings work in the last two years. In 2004,
Paymaster stands to gain a very lucrative              despite a vigorous campaign by PCS members,
contract without having to go though a                 Siemens off shored 240 jobs. The government,
competitive tender process. BSA have now               who had final veto over the proposal, agreed the
indicated that they will underwrite all the costs of   plan on the basis that there were no
change, including redundancies. They are               redundancies amongst UK workers and on the
unlikely to be able to achieve the efficiencies        agreement that that the Minister retained their
nominated in the Arm Length Bodies review and          right to exercise a veto on any future proposals.
any efficiencies achieved are likely to be
delivered primarily through changes in the one         Siemens have been unable to offer PCS
agency, the Prescription Pricing Authority. The        negotiators assurance that there will be no
massive changes to all five agencies are likely to     redundancies with the latest off shoring
add costs rather than deliver efficiencies.            proposals. Moreover, the current proposal will
Additionally, there are a number of legal              result in one-third or more of the NS&I work
problems with the process and the scope of the         being delivered from overseas. Union officials
contract has already had to be altered as well as      will meet with the Minister responsible, Ivan
significant changes to the timetable.                  Lewis MP, this month to urge him to block this
                                                       offshoring.
A meeting with Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of
State for Health has been secured and we are           Employer Contributions to the National
awaiting a date. Further parliamentary action will     Insurance Fund
be decided based on the outcome of this                PCS is concerned that private companies are
meeting.                                               exploiting a tax loophole to reduce their employer
                                                       contributions to the National Insurance fund. Tax
CEHR - location/structure of the new                   rules allow employers to set up salary sacrifice
body                                                   schemes, some elements of which are exempt
The Equality Bill creating the Commission for          from tax and/or NI contributions and this can
Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) was passed            include occupational pensions contributions in
by parliament last month. PCS represents               salary sacrifice schemes.
members work for the three organisations
making up the new body. During its passage             As a result individual employees save their NI
through parliament the PCS group were                  contribution on the proportion of their salary and
                                                       employers save a much larger sum multiplied by


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Tel: 020 7801 2820, e-mail tom@pcs.org.uk
Public and Commercial Services Union
160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2LN
the number of employees for whom they make
pension contributions.
The latest example effecting PCS members is in
Siemens, where the company have opted all
20,000 plus staff into the scheme for pension
contributions. While a worker earning £15,000
may save less than £30 per annum, Siemens at
a conservative estimate will save a six figure
sum each year. It is likely that many other
employers will take similar steps to cut their
contribution to the NI fund, which is a worrying
trend as it is this important fund which supports
the NHS, benefits and state pensions.
PCS believe that it is unacceptable that
companies are avoiding their responsibilities and
transferring wealth from the most needy to boost
profits for wealthy shareholders. PCS urges the
parliamentary group to raise this issue with a
view to seeing this loophole closed.




March 2006

For more information contact PCS’s campaigns team:
Tel: 020 7801 2820, e-mail tom@pcs.org.uk
Public and Commercial Services Union
160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2LN