Low-level industrial action has begun at Parliament after workers rejected an offer from the employer that would have slashed redundancy provisions and kept pay outside the collective, meaning wage cuts for the foreseeable future.
The management is trying to please their political bosses by cutting wages and is looking at outsourcing the provision of security at the Parliamentary complex (hence, the desire to slash redundancy provisions). This cynical attack is just another reason why we need to get basic redundancy protections enshrined in law.
40% of the 300 non-political staff at the Parliamentary complex are in the PSA. Among the security guards, it’s 80%. At present they’re just doing one-hour stopworks but if the bosses can’t come up with a reasonable offer soon, the workers will be able to effectively close down Parliament if the security staff walk off the job, and then there’ll be some seriously pissed off MPs for the bosses to deal with.