Wages trigger strike threat at Natural England
Members of Natural England’s Prospect union voted in favor of a wage protest action.
Prospect recorded 76% of the votes in favor of a strike and 84.7% for action without a strike.
He said industrial action is scheduled for Jan.4, 2022 with short action, which will turn into a strike if no progress is made.
Prospect said that since 2010, Natural England staff have had a pay freeze for two years and then a 1% pay cap for five years.
After a brief improvement, the government’s new public sector wage freeze this year has meant that they have lost significant wages in real terms over the past decade.
He gave the example of a senior advisor who started at Natural England in 2010 and has since seen his actual salary drop by 12% to around £ 5,000.
There was also an equal pay gap of 6.31% at the director / director level, the union said.
Prospect said 47% of staff said they felt bad in the past year due to work-related stress in Natural England’s own staff survey.
General Secretary Mike Clancy said: “Potential members of Natural England have no choice but to vote for industrial action.
“Protecting the environment is not just a job for them – it is their vocation – but they cannot continue to do it on a shoestring budget, with stagnant salaries and heavy workloads. “
Clancy said post-Cop26 government statements about taking the environment seriously should be matched with more funding for environmental agencies and appropriate compensation for experts.
CSW contacted the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for comment.