13 July 2012
Staff in the Ministry of Justice demonstrated commitment to justice after the riots by working around the clock to process cases, in what were, exceptional circumstances. This is because they understand and take very seriously their duty as civil servants.
While PCS members are always prepared to be flexible if they are properly rewarded and their work-life balance fully considered, this initiative is one with far-reaching consequences for the well-being of members and their terms and conditions, as well as the delivery of justice itself.
Workers across the justice system will be affected by the proposals, including members in the National Offencer Management Service, Crown Prosecution Service, as well as security and court staff. PCS has not seen any coverage of the costs and implications.
The delivery of justice has been under threat since the court closure programme began and members’ pensions, pay and jobs are ofcourse under threat from the government’s cuts agenda.
PCS should be fully consulted on measures that impact on the public but also pay, terms and conditions of members and will seek full engagement on the proposals.