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Government’s £3m compensation to union nails the lie Ministers acted out of necessity

Commenting on news the Government has paid £3 million in compensation to the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS).

The government agreed to an out-of-court settlement with PCS after a 2015 decision to stop the check off system in the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). Under check-off, a worker’s union membership fees are automatically deducted from their pay packets.

Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, said: “This ruling nails the lie that the Government is acting out of necessity when it repeatedly seeks to attack trade unions. It is plainly a political decision and part of a wider agenda to drive down pay and conditions at work.

“It is clear the Tories will stop at nothing, including breaching fundamental legal rights of dedicated people who work hard to serve the public.

“The union is absolutely right to campaign against austerity and cuts to public services, and was right to fight this unlawful attack on its finances.”