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PCS to ballot over job cuts at equality commission

Issue No. 2145

Members of the PCS civil service workers' union are continuing their fight against job cuts and attacks on services at the crisis-ridden Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

The EHRC, the government's equality watchdog, wants to slash 50 jobs from its public helpline and close the Manchester one altogether.

The plan was kept secret from the union until a 90-day formal redundancy consultation was served on the union on 12 February. The PCS will ballot for industrial action if a single redundancy is announced.

The EHRC, which was formed in 2007, is facing severe problems. Two commissioners and its director of strategy have resigned in the last two weeks while the National Audit Office refused to sign off its accounts because of alleged irregularities.

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Tue 31 Mar 2009, 20:31 BST
Issue No. 2145
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