Whitehall staff strikes to mark new PM’s first day in office

Whitehall staff are striking over health and safety and other working entitlements.

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Cleaners, security guards, reception workers, post and porterage staff working at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are taking action on September 5 and 6.

The PCS members, who are employed on an outsourced contract by ISS, are striking over health and safety and other entitlements.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “For the new prime minister to face strike action on their first day at work is a sign of things to come.

“Our members all across the civil service are increasingly angry and desperate as the government does nothing to ease the cost-of-living crisis.

“While the candidates for prime minister pitch increasingly right-wing ideas to Conservative Party members, our own members – the people the new prime minister will rely on to get their work done – are facing a winter of real hardship.”

Next week’s strike action comes after action last year resulted in new health and safety protocols being agreed both with ISS and BEIS to keep them safe during the Covid pandemic and beyond.

But PCS says ISS managers have failed to keep their word and implement those protocols, putting PCS members at unacceptable risk.

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