Union members strike at Land Registry over fears about privatisation and job cuts

Union members strike at Land Registry over fears about privatisation and job cuts

Union members strike at Land Registry over fears about privatisation and job cuts

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MORE than 160 Land Registry staff walked out on strike over fears about job cuts and privatisation.

Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members formed a picket line at the gates to the building on the Granby Industrial Estate, this morning.

Union members held large red placards which read: 'Keep Land Registry Public.'

Motorists tooted their horns and waved in support of the strike action.

Many union members did not take part in the picket, which was in operation from 6.30am-9.30am, but chose to stay away as part of the strike action. The 48-hour strike will continue tomorrow with a further picket line.

Union staff at the Granby branch joined strike action by more than 3,000 union members in 14 locations in England and Wales.

The PCS called the strike over fears of privatisation and job cuts. A consultation on the future of the service closed on March 20 but union bosses say they have been told no decision has been reached yet.

Options up for consultation include moving it from the civil service to a 'government owned company', into a joint venture with a private company or to maintain it in public ownership.

Union representatives said that despite repeated requests, Land Registry bosses have refused to rule out the possibility of compulsory redundancies and office closures.

Chairman of the PCS branch at Weymouth Land Registry Andy Woodgate said they were very pleased with the strike turn out.

The Land Registry has 180 PCS members and Mr Woodgate said that more than 90 percent had joined in the action. There are a total of 230 staff at the Land Registry.

Staff will not be paid for the two days they are on strike.

Mr Woodgate said staff were concerned about privatisation and job cuts and the fact there had been no assurances given about avoiding compulsory redundancies.

He said their branch had seen a dozen new members join after strike action was announced as staff wanted to show their protest and were not prepared to stand back and let things happen.

He said: “The turn out shows the strength of feeling.”

He added: “We have run out of patience now. The plans are moving afoot so quickly we need to make a stand now.”

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6:23pm Wed 14 May 14

fancyabrew says...

90% support! Well done Ed Lester, head of the Land Registry, this first decent thing you have done in your civil service career. Caught lying to all your staff, parliament select committee and the law society thanks to leaked minutes of management board meetings. He must go and the whole consultation process done properly and, if I had my way, at his experience. How could a man who f****d up the student loan authority and previously NHS direct, when he was in charge every have been appointed as chief land registry?
90% support! Well done Ed Lester, head of the Land Registry, this first decent thing you have done in your civil service career. Caught lying to all your staff, parliament select committee and the law society thanks to leaked minutes of management board meetings. He must go and the whole consultation process done properly and, if I had my way, at his experience. How could a man who f****d up the student loan authority and previously NHS direct, when he was in charge every have been appointed as chief land registry? fancyabrew
  • Score: 24

6:28pm Wed 14 May 14

fancyabrew says...

Further to the above, the Guardian has published, in full, the minutes referred to and the law society is calling for the entire board to be replaced.
Further to the above, the Guardian has published, in full, the minutes referred to and the law society is calling for the entire board to be replaced. fancyabrew
  • Score: 21

8:48pm Wed 14 May 14

fancyabrew says...

I'm afraid I'm on one tonight Some may say I'm a disgruntled Land Registry employee but I'm not, I do know people work there, but I'm just an average guy who's had a gut full of unelected civil servant making decisions about peoples job, apparently, without impunity.
Could someone please explain what moral authority Ed Lester has to make decisions about office closures and redundancies when, as head of the Student Loans Council, he provided his 'services' through a Personal Services Company designed to avoid tax and national insurance? Legal? yes; moral? no. Certainly a window into his mind (or lack thereof) though!
I'm afraid I'm on one tonight Some may say I'm a disgruntled Land Registry employee but I'm not, I do know people work there, but I'm just an average guy who's had a gut full of unelected civil servant making decisions about peoples job, apparently, without impunity. Could someone please explain what moral authority Ed Lester has to make decisions about office closures and redundancies when, as head of the Student Loans Council, he provided his 'services' through a Personal Services Company designed to avoid tax and national insurance? Legal? yes; moral? no. Certainly a window into his mind (or lack thereof) though! fancyabrew
  • Score: 21

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