PCS members threaten strike action over pay

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

pcsStaff at the Information Commissioner’s Office are complaining to their own employer over its failure to answer Freedom of Information questions about pay, the PCS reveals.

Pay rates at the 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.

As part of a campaign for pay rises, the union’s members are now threatening strike action.

The move comes after three senior executives were awarded an average increase of 11%.

The union requested information about the pay awards but received no response. It has now been forced to file an official complaint with the ICO, which under the legislation is obliged to investigate and make a ruling.

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act coming into force.

The ICO office in Wilmslow is in chancellor George Osborne’s constituency.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “While pay at the ICO has stagnated because of George Osborne’s cuts, the commission has handed huge increases to its most highly paid executives.

“It is deeply ironic that our members there are having to complain to their own employer about its refusal to release this information.”

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