Public sector pension strike hits Charity Commission services

Total of 246 out of 370 staff join the action, according to unions

Charity Commission is severely disrupted today as staff take part in a strike over proposed changes to public sector pensions
Charity Commission is severely disrupted today as staff take part in a strike over proposed changes to public sector pensions

The Charity Commission is severely disrupted today as staff take part in the strike over proposed changes to public sector pensions.

A spokeswoman for the regulator said two-thirds of its staff – 246 out of 370 employees across its four offices in England and Wales – were not working. The commission’s contact centre in Liverpool is closed.

Only about 25 of the commission’s 80 London staff turned up for work, according to members of the Public and Commercial Services Union and FDA, the union for senior civil servants, who were taking part in a picket outside the regulator’s Millbank office in London.

"There is widespread disruption across the commission," said Nigel Geary-Andrews, chair of the commission’s PCS branch in London.

Geary-Andrews said only three union members had crossed the picket line in London and that the government’s plans to make public sector workers pay more for their pensions had led to more commission staff joining unions.

He said staff at the regulator would lose a day’s pay every month if the pension changes went ahead.

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