PCS says administrative grades shouldered biggest burden of job cuts with a fall of nearly 10% over the last year

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The PCS has accused Coalition ministers of staging a ‘political smash and grab’ by cutting more than 60,000 civil service jobs in its first two years in office.

(Pictured: HMRC bureau, Euston Tower, London)

According to official figures published today the civil service headcount was down to 463,812 in March 2012 – a fall of 63,672 on March 2010.

Between March 2011 and March this year 34,621 jobs have gone, a 7% cut.

The PCS says administrative grades shouldered the biggest burden with a fall of nearly 10% over the last year.

These are staff who advise people about how to get back to work and what benefits they are entitled to, collecting and administering taxes, working at ports and airports and delivering many other essential public services.

Union reps say morale across the civil service is at rock bottom following job losses, cuts to pay and pensions, a new review which threatens to throw out a wide range of staff benefits and government attacks on trade union facility time.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “These figures show the extent of the damage being done by this out of touch and incompetent government that, for purely ideological reasons, wants to hack away at services we all rely on.

“Once again giving the lie to the Tory myth that we are ‘all in this together’, the figures show that those least culpable for the economic crisis and least able to pay are being forced to shoulder the greatest burden.

“With all the evidence showing that austerity isn’t working, these job cuts and the latest threat to terms and conditions are clearly part of a political smash and grab on our public services to sell more of them off to make profits for big businesses.”

The review of civil service terms and conditions – which includes looking at hours, holidays and family-friendly policies such as part-time and flexible working – was set up without consultation or negotiation with staff and led to a lightning walkout by PCS members in Coventry when Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude visited their office last week.

Earlier this year, MPs on the public accounts committee said HM Revenue and Customs could have collected £1bn more in tax if it had not cut so many staff, and the transport select committee has described the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s plans to almost halve the number of our coastguard stations and cut jobs in those that remain open as “seriously flawed”.


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