The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has won a major victory over the government. The High Court has ruled that ministers acted illegally by withdrawing check-off, the decades-old practice of collecting members’ union subscriptions directly from their pay packet.
The union has won £3 million from the government because of the illegal moves the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) used to try to ‘crush’ the PCS.
In 2015 the union was at the heart of opposition to the government, fighting against the government’s cuts and closures andchallenging when the Conservatives were robbing members of their redundancy rights. The union were steadfast in opposing austerity.
As a result the then Conservative Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, took a particularly vicious and authoritarian decision to attack members’ terms and conditions, also launching an offensive on union reps and attempting to bankrupt the PCS. Maude announced overnight that he would not…
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