PCS have suspended tomorrow’s strike action at the Home Office following an offer of more than 1000 new jobs.
800 posts are being advertised across the UK Border Agency and a further 300 new recruits were agreed for the Passport Service.
Workers at the Home Office were due to strike against Government plans to cut 8.500 jobs. The job losses so far have stretched border, passport and criminal records to breaking point.
Border bosses were cutting so fast that they admitted that they had cut further than” intended” and had to hire extra staff.
Despite this, Tory ministers and their media pals turned on the union for choosing to strike on the eve of the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Perhaps the worse case was the BBC Radio 5 Live’s sports presenter Garry Richardson, who conducted his interview with Culture and Sports minister Jeremy Hunt in manner more befitting Alan Partridge, the incompetent fictional TV personality.
In Sunday’s interview on 5 Live, Richardson goaded Hunt asking him whether he thought striking PCS members should be sacked and whether he agreed that PCS members taking action were “a disgrace”.
Not that Tory ministers need any encouragement, Hunt admitted that he and his cabinet colleagues had discussed sacking strikers.
The Home Office had announced their intention to seek an injunction against the strike before it was called off today.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “These new jobs are a welcome step towards a recognition that the Home Office has been cracking under the strain of massive job losses, and that the answer is not more cuts but more investment.
“We are pleased that with these new posts and the progress made in talks we are able to avert a strike ahead of the Olympics. But we first raised our concerns 18 months ago, so it is deeply regrettable that ministers allowed this dispute to escalate.
“I would like to place on record my admiration for our members in the Home Office and elsewhere who have been subjected to a disgraceful and unprecedented level of vitriol from ministers and sections of the media in recent days.
“These staff work tirelessly to serve the public and only want to improve the very important services they provide, not see them go to ruin before their eyes because of government cuts.
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