Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson backs PCS redundancy pay

Bill Esterson MP

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson is backing a campaign to stop the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government from drastically cutting civil service redundancy pay.

Bill has backed the Public and Commercial Services union's call to MPs to throw out a government bill which will severely cut the terms available to civil servants who lose their jobs.

As part of its ongoing campaign against the coalition government’s plans to impose stringent caps on payments under the civil service compensation scheme, the union’s members have been asking their MPs to support their campaign.

Bill said: "This is a campaign which I fully support.

"There will be lots of people in Sefton Central affected by these Tory-Lib Dem cuts, we need to make sure that although they are losing their jobs, they are given the entitlements which they agreed to when they took their jobs.

"To try and cut these entitlements is simply unfair on people who are facing unemployment and their families."

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This bill is deeply unfair and was introduced without any consultation or negotiation. It is being rushed through simply to make it easier and cheaper for the government to make tens of thousands of its own workforce redundant.

“We believe the bill should be abandoned and proper negotiations opened to allow us to reach a fair settlement that protects existing members’ rights, as upheld by the High Court.”

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