Union members working for the conciliation service Acas have begun a ballot for strike action in a dispute over pay.
The dispute concerns delayed pay settlements. Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) are angered that despite increases that were scheduled for 1 August, negotiations haven’t even begun. According to PCS, this year’s delay follows a 10-month hold up to last year’s 2007 pay increase.
Dave Cliff, PCS national officer for ACAS, said: “After the 10-month delay to last year’s pay rise we had an agreement that this year’s pay settlement would be paid on time.
“However ACAS management have dragged their feet and not even started negotiating yet. The prospect of a repeat of last year’s delay, combined with the likelihood of a below inflation pay award has left staff feeling angry and betrayed. Management and the government need to act quickly in order to avoid embarrassing industrial action in ACAS.”
In reaction, a spokesperson at Acas told HRZone.co.uk: “Acas have started discussions to resolve this as soon as possible.”
The pay delay is baffling members considering that just last month the outfit reported it had smashed its targets and has been allocated £37 million in extra funding over the next three years.