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 used to collect union subscriptions from wages by following the advice of his own department and having unions pick up admin costs. Instead, Pickles has pressed ahead by, errr, hiring lawyer James Eadie — at god knows what cost to the taxpayer.
The claimed basis for these changes is saving £9.40 per month … so he hires a QC.