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Civil Servants in York Take Strike Action


3:25pm 15th May 2013

Staff in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have been taking a day’s industrial action today.

It comes after a one-day strike on Budget Day, and the long weekend of action from 5-8 April.The protest is over pay, terms and conditions and job cuts.

PCS Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [EFRA] Group President Glenn Ford said “We don’t need to look far to see the effects of our employers failing to talk to the Union. From the imposed performance management system that has caused so much anger across the Department, to our colleagues fighting for their jobs throughout the department, we have all been affected by these national issues. A quarter of the people working with us in 2010 just aren’t here any more, and it’s those that are left that are having to give more and more for less and less money each year."

Over 400 staff across Yorkshire and the Humber were expected to walk out from the RPA in Northallerton, Defra in York and Animal Health Vetinary Lab Agencyand Natural England staff both in Leeds.

“We have tried talking to leaders at Agency and Departmental level,” Glenn Ford said, “but so many of the decisions are being made at a national level, where the Cabinet Office refuses to meet with PCS negotiators, our only option is to support further industrial action.”

A Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokesperson said:

“Today’s strike action has had no impact on the public services provided by this Department.”

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