Eric Pickles’ department are still spending thousands of pounds on first class train travel — after telling the councils that DCLG oversees to ban it. Promoting his “50 ways to save” document — encouraging councils to slash everything from expensive leadership courses to document translation – last December, the Telegraph reported: “Mr Pickles also said that pay for senior staff […]

Eric Pickles has been defeated in a court case brought by PCS over union-busting tactics at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Instead of following the advice his department was giving to councils — to charge administration fees for the “check off” system for payment of union subs — Pickles pressed ahead and landed the […]

Eric Pickles faces his second High Court skirmish over his union-busting tactics today. The Brentwood MP’s department is the subject of legal action over his attempts to reduce his number of organised staff in DCLG. Pickles wants to abolish the “check off” system which is used to collect membership subscriptions directly from pay packets — […]

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has a hot date on Thursday … at the High Court. As Scrapbook revealed last week, PCS are taking him to court over his union-busting attempts to drive down the number of organised staff in his department. Pickles has shunned the opportunity to reach a money-saving deal for the “check-off” system […]

Communities secretary Eric Pickles is the subject of legal action in the High Court after he refused to back down in a confrontation over union busting, Political Scrapbook can reveal. As this blog reported last week, Pickles plans to clamp down on union membership by abolishing the “check off” system used to collect subscriptions — […]