During the last Parliament the Labour Government attempted to dramatically reduce compensation payments to Civil Servants facing redundancy by capping payments. The PCS union fought these cuts (along with some MPs including me) and the union won their case in the High Court. The new Government is looking to change the law to restrict payouts and an announcement has been made by Tory MP Francis Maude. Yesterday I challenged him in the House, and argued that this would be a kick in the teeth for thousands of low paid civil servants who have faced years of uncertainty over their jobs during the Labour Government, and who still face an uncertain future. It’s simply unfair to take away terms and conditions of employment that have been agreed, especially at a time when there is so much uncertainty about the future.
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