PCS members working for Information Commissioner take action after bosses awarded 11% rise

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Public (PSI), PCS, UK unions,

Information Commissioner's Office icoStaff at the Information Commissioner’s Office are today on strike over pay.

The action, taking place today and tomorrow, will affect the ICO helpline and casework.

More than 200 PCS members work at the ICO headquarters in Wilmslow, chancellor George Osborne’s constituency.  There are also satellite offices in Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London.

Pay rates at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which monitors and enforces rights on information access, are lower than those for equivalent jobs in the civil service, often by several thousand pounds a year.

At the same time as denying staff a decent pay rise, three senior executives have been awarded an average increase of 11%.  PCS has requested details of the executives’ pay awards using the Freedom of Information Act but has been told no records are available.  The union has now filed an official complaint with the ICO, which under the legislation is obliged to investigate and make a ruling.

PCS industrial officer Claire Jones said: “Pay at the ICO has stagnated because of George Osborne’s cuts, but the most highly paid executives have had huge increases.

“It is grossly unfair that the majority of staff who work hard to improve access to information for everyone are being denied a decent pay rise.”


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