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Magistrates' Staff Prepare for Strikes over Pay Offer

Magazine article Public Finance

Magistrates' Staff Prepare for Strikes over Pay Offer

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Magistrates courts could be forced to close in the run-up to Christmas if staff go ahead with strikes over a delayed and disputed pay deal, it was claimed this week.

The Public and Commercial Services union, which represents thousands of magistrates' staff, has warned that the Courts Service faces serious disruption over the coming months.

A PCS spokesman said that staff 'may have no option but to walk out' over what the union claims is a below-inflation pay offer from the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

PuMic Finance has learnt that the PCS could ballot staff over potential strikes from November 25 after rejecting the DCA's Outline' (informal) 20O5 pay offer, which was put to the union in August.

The DCA has still not presented staff with a revised and formal offer. However, the PCS claims that the department is insisting on limiting any deal to average rises of 2.2% - below the current 2.3% inflation rate and a full percentage point below the rate when the pay offer was put to staff. …

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