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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 — even if unions pay the small administration fee. With DCLG failing to have the case — brought by the PCS union — dismissed out of hand at a hearing last month, the matter is likely to be decided today or tomorrow.

While the check off system costs £30 per month to administer, Pickles’ legal bill could run to £50,000 if he loses.

SEE ALSO: Pickles served by PCS

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