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Tory legislation to cut civil service workers’ redundancy payments

Issue No. 2217

The Tories are trying to rush through legislation to cut civil service workers’ redundancy payments, clearing the way for mass job cuts.

Francis Maude, cabinet office minister, has asked John Bercow, speaker of the House of Commons, to approve a fast-track procedure for the bill to come into force by November.

Maude wants to cut the cost of making civil servants redundant by about two-thirds.

Civil service unions have written to Bercow insisting that the procedure, in which the legislation is classified as a “money bill” that cannot be amended in the House of Lords, should not be approved.

PCS union members struck for three days earlier this year against the attacks. They will quickly need to restart action if they are to halt these renewed attacks.

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Tue 31 Aug 2010, 16:50 BST
Issue No. 2217
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