Union wins High Court challenge over redundancy

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The Independent Online

A union today won its High Court bid to block cost-cutting measures that threaten the level of redundancy pay for civil servants.

Lawyers for the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) successfully argued that changes made to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme without agreement were unlawful.

Mr Justice Sales, sitting at the High Court in London, ruled the union's application for judicial review must succeed and the changes be quashed.

The legal victory follows a series of strikes across the country, including one on Budget Day.

Tens of thousands of workers took part in the industrial action, which hit Jobcentres and benefit offices, courts, ports, driving tests and Whitehall departments.

The union said the changes threatened to "rob" existing staff of up to a third of their entitlements - worth tens of thousands of pounds - if they were made redundant.