THE Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is “denying the human rights of our members,” PCS leader Mark Serwotka said yesterday.
Opening the public-sector union’s conference in Brighton, Mr Serwotka said the official human-rights watchdog was “acting in the worst traditions of a rogue anti-union employer.”
Staff at the commission are taking rolling strike action at offices across Britain.
Since it was created in 2008, the EHRC has faced cuts of 70 per cent and now it has been threatened with a further 25 per cent budget reduction over the next four years.
Nine staff were given dismissal notices in February with some getting just 24 hours’ notice by email.
After outrage from unions and a groundswell of support, EHRC put staff back on the payroll. But dismissal notices were not withdrawn and the staff were banned from EHRC offices.
Of the eight union members issued redundancy notices, six are black or minority ethnic, five are disabled and seven are older workers. Four are union reps and one was a lead negotiator opposing the cuts.