Union joins working from home row: Chiefs blast minister for suggesting civil service staff should have pay cut if they don’t return to the office
Civil service union chiefs blasted a Cabinet minister last night for suggesting staff should have their pay cut if they refuse to return to Whitehall.
They accused ministers of ‘dreaming up a rufty-tufty strategy’ that was ‘devoid of any basis in reality’ to force civil servants back into their offices.
Mandarins are also said to have considered stripping civil servants of their 런던 weighting – a salary boost worth around £4,000.
But Dave Penman, general secretary of the FDA – the union representing senior civil servants, accused ministers of making ‘reckless’ and ‘cowardly’ attacks.
Civil service union chiefs blasted a Cabinet minister last night for suggesting staff should have their pay cut if they refuse to return to Whitehall (스톡 이미지)
He said it would be a ‘legal minefield’ to withdraw London weighting and said those proposing it had ‘no idea how this works in reality’.
The PCS, the union for those in government departments, has warned of potential strike action if the Government tries to dock civil servants’ pay.
A Government spokesman said yesterday there were ‘no plans to change terms and conditions around London-based pay’.
Ministers have also been told they could face a legal backlash if they slash pay for staff who refuse to return to the office.
Employment lawyer Max Winthrop, a senior partner of Short Richardson and Forth Solicitors, 메일에 말했다: ‘Removing benefits as a threat to get people back into the office seems to me to be certainly difficult, if not unlawful, and a recipe for litigation in tribunals.’
But senior Conservative backbencher Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said civil servants ‘certainly shouldn’t be getting London weighting if they aren’t coming into the office’.
But Dave Penman (사진), general secretary of the FDA – the union representing senior civil servants, accused ministers of making ‘reckless’ and ‘cowardly’ attacks
He said he suspected ‘a lot of people are not as productive at home’, and that while he was not opposed to flexible working, staff should be encouraged to spend some days each week in the office.
그는 덧붙였다: ‘I would have thought that if you have got a civil servants’ job, you should be expected to come back a few days a week.
‘And I would certainly think that that should be linked in some way to bonuses, because I don’t think that you are as productive at home as you are in the office.’
But Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on coronavirus, 말했다: ‘The Government should be careful not to penalise people simply for being cautious and continuing to work from home where possible.
‘At a time when cases remain high, we should be focusing on keeping transmission down, not demanding that employees rush back to the office.’