Rough justice

PUBLISHED: 02:01 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 15 June 2010

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6: MINISTRY of Justice workers in Honiton are earning less than people doing the same jobs in Exeter and Taunton, according to the Public and Commercial Services Union. It has launched an awareness campaign in a bid to defend local jobs, pay and conditions.

MINISTRY of Justice workers in Honiton are earning less than people doing the same jobs in Exeter and Taunton, according to the Public and Commercial Services Union.It has launched an awareness campaign in a bid to defend local jobs, pay and conditions.Spokesperson Jessica Pearce, the union's regional organiser for the South West, told the Herald that staff at Honiton Magistrates' Court are victims of "postcode pay".Although the court no longer deals with criminal cases, it is still operating."People in Honiton are at the very lowest end of pay," she said. "Staff doing the same jobs in Exeter and Taunton are paid at a higher level."Honiton appears on a union map which highlights civil service workplaces "at risk".The union claims public services are being "slaughtered in the South West".It says: "Members are voting to reject unacceptable pay deals that do not match the rises in the cost of living. A further injustice comes from the Ministry of Justice imposition of postcode pay in which staff in the South West are paid considerably less than colleagues in other parts of the country doing the same work."This disadvantages members greatly - especially combined with the high cost of living in this region."The union is encouraging the formation of town action groups to halt the closure of rural Jobcentres, post offices and fire service cutbacks.

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