PCS members in Liverpool start overtime ban in support of Kevin Smith

Tim Lezard
Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Civil servants in Liverpool are today beginning industrial action after one of their colleagues was sacked.

PCS members working at the UK Border Agency in Liverpool will begin a four-week overtime ban in support of Kevin Smith, who they believe was victimised after raising a grievance over bullying. They have warned the action will escalate if the Home Office does not resolve the dispute.

The union says a culture and management style allowed to grow in the agency has led to Kevin’s dismissal, and questions the motives of the manager who was put in charge of handling the case.

Mike Jones, PCS Home Office group secretary, said “We have serious concerns about the capability and motives of the manager appointed to investigate this case. Any question mark over the integrity of an investigator has the capacity to compromise faith in the entire disciplinary system at the Home Office. While our primary concern at the moment is Kevin, we plan to tackle the wider issues his case raises directly with ministers”.

An Employment Tribunal claim has been filed to challenge the decision to sack Kevin. The Home Office has failed to respond to the claim – resulting in a default judgment being made against the UK Border Agency by the Employment Tribunal Service.

* “I desperately want my job back – I can’t afford to buy food” – read a personal account by Kevin Smith here



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