PCS general secretary Fran Heahtcote

400 workers at The Pensions Regulator have announced a new 12-day strike as part of a dispute over pay. The staff will walk out on February 28 and 29, as well as on March 1, 4, 5, 6, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19.

These workers have already taken more than ten weeks’ of industrial action over pay. PCS says the action has caused backlogs and affected future planning at the Brighton-based body.

PCS general secretary Fran Heathcote said: “Our hard-working members are angry at being told TPR can’t afford to give them a pay rise to help them though the cost-of-living crisis but they *can* afford to pay £6m to consultants, splash out almost £200,000 on fees and expenses for its chair and part-time board members and spend more than £1m on other expenses, including accommodation.

“It’s time for TPR to invest in its staff, not on jollies and outsourcing.”

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