Outsourced workers in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are on a month-long strike from 3 to 28 February, for demands including company sick pay, reversal to cuts in hours, and recognition of their union, the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS).
On 19 February, PCS activists and supporters held a flash demonstration outside the Waterloo offices of Interserve, the outsourced contractor which employs the FCO workers. Daily pickets have been held at the FCO’s Whitehall headquarters, with solidarity delegations from other unions attending.
PCS members working as outsourced cleaners in HMRC, employed by the contractor ISS, are also planning further action, with an existing dispute involving cleaners in Merseyside expanding to include ISS HMRC cleaners in Birmingham. The new strike ballot concludes on 2 March.