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Union reports two government departments to police over 'strike breaking'


 The Public and Commercial Services union has written to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick urging her to investigate allegations that two government departments illegally used agency workers to break strikes    The union has alleged that during two strikes this year – at the Foreign Office and the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy – the department's brought in agency staff to cover the roles of striking low paid workers    The departments are accused of using the shift workers to cover the stoppages by contracted out workers who were striking against their pay  Workers at BEIS employed by Aramark and ISS have been on strike several times since December in a campaign for the London Living Wage  And Interserve staff at the FCO have been on strike over a lack of union recognition and several redundancies    The union claim that a company provided people to cover striking BEIS workers from 17 to 21 June    They also said two other companies covered roles of striking FCO workers on the 1, 2, 21 and 22 May and from 10 to 14 June   Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long Bailey MP said the development was "hugely worrying"  “The alleged intention of strike breaking within Government departments is hugely worrying Not least because UK regulation provides that this is prohibited   "What is more worrying however, is that one of the departments at the centre of this controversy is responsible for the enforcement of workers’ rights   “There must now be an urgent investigation and I stand in full solidarity and support with those workers who are fighting for a living wage and decent conditions ”   The union claim that under regulation 7 of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations of 2003, "it is illegal for any business to provide agency workers to cover strike actions"   General Secretary Mark Serwotka has written to Tory leadership contender Jeremy Hunt , Met Police Chief Cressida Dick, BEIS permeant secretary Alex Chisholm and BEIS Minister Greg Clark, urging that these serious breaches be investigated and that ministers intervene to resolve these industrial disputes     In his letter to Jeremy Hunt, Mr Serwotka said: “Our members working for these private contractors at your Departments are being treated in the most disgraceful manner on your watch   “They are facing the hardship of poverty through low pay, the indignity of their Union having to provide foodbank facilities to prevent them from going hungry and they are now facing attempts to undermine their cause by a strike-breaking operation bearing all the hallmarks of illegality   “This disgraceful state of affairs cannot be allowed to continue


  This situation demands that you take responsibility for what is happening in your own workplaces and that you intervene to rectify matters ”   A BEIS spokesperson said: “These are serious allegations which are being examined   We would not countenance or support any breach of the law”

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