Over 7,800 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union in magistrate’s courts across England and Wales are balloting on strikes over pay.
Management backtracking on agreements about pay systems will lead to a below inflation pay increase of just 2.2 percent for many staff.
Magistrate’s court staff were transferred into a new combined agency to run magistrate’s, crown and county courts, called Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS), in April this year. There has been a failure to properly fund the start up costs of establishing HMCS.
Rosie Eagleson, PCS national secretary, said, “Low pay is a major factor throughout the courts, with 51 percent of staff working in magistrate’s courts earning less than £15,000 per year.”
Over 90,000 PCS members in the Department for Work and Pensions are set to be balloted for discontinuous strike action from Monday of next week.
The ballot is over a number of issues, including staff shortages and job cuts. The ballot runs through December.