The PCS civil service workers’ union has pledged to combat any plans for compulsory redundancies in the Glasgow Identity and Passport Service (IPS).
Management has announced that it wants to axe 100 jobs from the department’s Cowcaddens site.
Paul McGoay, the PCS IPS group president, told Socialist Worker, “A 90-day consultation period about the job losses is now taking place, but we could be faced with compulsory redundancies.
“This is down to the treasury making every civil service department carry out ‘efficiencies’. It is also to do with the fact that the IPS has been tasked with producing ID cards, and we need to make more ‘efficiencies’ to pay for them.
“Management is also talking of having three processing centres across the country, down from seven at the moment. This will have a huge impact on members and the services to the public.
“We do not accept the rationale behind these cuts.
“The union’s response is that we will go through the consultation process but that we will fight compulsory redundancies by all means necessary, including strike action.
“Other departments are under attack at the moment, but the IPS will be coming under the cosh too.
“Our Scottish branch has been very active since these potential job losses were announced, making contact with all the political parties in Scotland.
“The union’s national campaign over job losses has resulted in some movement from the government and in new protocols. But the union will have to be willing to take action if those protocols aren’t implemented.”