Cabinet Office Letter Outlines Plan to Change Working Conditions for Public Sector Workers

Detailed plans to cut holidays, lengthen working weeks and reduce flexible working for 450,000 public employees have been disclosed for the first time in leaked Cabinet Office documents.

Online PR News – 11-October-2012 –Detailed plans to cut holidays, lengthen working weeks and reduce flexible working for 450,000 public employees have been disclosed for the first time in leaked Cabinet Office documents.

By the end of this year, Whitehall directors are expected to have examined the terms and conditions of their workforce and outlined how to make their jobs more like the private sector.

Many aspects of civil service working conditions would be placed under review, including employees’ annual leave, occasional days’ leave, sick pay, hours of work, the ability of employees to move from one job to another and probationary periods.
Plans to review holiday entitlements and flexible working hours for 450,000 public sector employees have been condemned as “sickening blow” for public sector workers by Public and Commercial Services Union chief Mark Serwotka.

The leaked letter was sent two weeks ago by the director of the civil service human resources and capability group, William Hague (not to be confused with the foreign secretary).

According to Hague, the civil service should review its conditions in order to be more “flexible”, and better emulate the private sector.
"We wish to offer terms that reflect best practice in the private sector rather than the average."

A Cabinet Office spokesperson told Londonlovesbusiness.com that the civil service was being reformed to make it faster, more unified, focused on outcomes not process.

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