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Office of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman to strike

Issue No. 2068

Around 120 members of the PCS union at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in London were set to strike on Wednesday of this week over restructuring.

The office is going through a restructuring in which a set of future “expectations” have been drawn up and staff have to reapply for their own jobs based on how they meet these.

If they fail, and so far 14 staff have, they are either being dismissed on compulsory severance terms or put on a trial period at the discretion of management.

The office has admitted that there are no financial constraints on it to cut posts. Staff offered a trial period are being given the alternative of taking compulsory severance terms.

Those embarking on the trial period won’t be offered these terms if their performance is deemed substandard. Workers voted by 72 percent for discontinuous strike action.

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Tue 11 Sep 2007, 18:38 BST
Issue No. 2068
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