The PCS union’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) executive is recommending strikes to stop privatisation plans.
It met last week to discuss a response to newly announced government plans to privatise shared services.
The government wants to transfer personnel work into a joint venture called “Shared Services Connected” and retain just a 25 percent share.
It plans to complete the privatisation by 1 November.
This will put 1,200 jobs at risk, 845 of which are in DWP. It would also see the personal records of up to 180,000 civil servants moved offshore.
Steria UK, the government’s preferred bidder, says it intends to make redundancies and to take work offshore.
These would affect four departments—the DWP, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (Bis) and the Environment Agency.
The meeting agreed to ask the union’s disputes committee to support a strike ballot of affected members.
We would aim to follow this with department-wide action.