PCS Victory against Privatisation

This is a report from the PCS website about their victory to stop the privatisation of the National Compliance and Enforcement Service. Their action deserves to be widely shared to other unions fighting similar battles. No doubt their next battle will be against ‘modernisation’ plans, which will probably involve ‘efficiency savings’ (cuts), targets etc, but for now a major battle has been won.

From the PCS website

‘The National Compliance and Enforcement Service will remain within HMCTS and retain responsibility for collecting court fines. The announcement that the sale of the service was no longer the “best option” for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), comes after a five year campaign by PCS against the privatisation plans.In a letter sent to all NCES staff, the department’s chief executive, Natalie Ceeney, acknowledges that staff have been working with “uncertainty and a lack of future direction for some time.”  She goes on to say that instead of out-sourcing, the government has decided that “in-house modernisation is the best option for HMCTS at this time.”

Successful campaigning

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Finally, our years of campaigning have produced the result we fought for. We are delighted for our members who will remain civil servants and have the opportunity to continue to prove how well they do this work, including their success in collecting £550 million in fines and other financial impositions in the last year, though it should not have taken so long for their voices to be heard.

“While PCS welcomes the realisation by HMCTS that a private provider will not meet ‘completely’ their needs and will not provide best value for the tax payer, it is disappointing that our members were put through years of uncertainty, when this is what we were repeatedly telling ministers from the outset. The MoJ squandered in excess of £7 million of taxpayers’ money during the abandoned privatisation process, while PCS maintained that these services should continue to be carried out by public servants and that the proposals were routed in Tory ideology.”‘

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