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Staff at UK markets watchdog to begin unprecedented strike

4 May 2022
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Staff at UK markets watchdog to begin unprecedented strike

Staff at Britain's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) were poised to strike for the first time on Wednesday as a protracted dispute over pay and union recognition remained unresolved.

The regulator is being revamped to become what Chief Executive Nikhil Rathi has said will be a more aggressive watchdog to tackle scams and misconduct.

The Unite the union said the strike follows months of refusals by the FCA to listen to its workforce.

"The action will start with 48 hours of continuous strike action by workers across the financial regulator in London and Edinburgh," a Unite statement said.

"This will be followed by a continuous ‘work to rule’ by the workforce, who will withdraw the regular overtime and additional work they currently do outside of their contractual duties."

Strikes are also planned in June and July.

The FCA employs about 4,000 staff, but a person familiar with the watchdog said that 294 Unite members - accounting for less than 8% of the payroll - have said they are prepared to strike and no significant disruption to operations is expected.

The watchdog has replaced what it considered to be bonuses that had no real link to performance, implementing what is says is a "highly competitive" pay package based on extensive consultation with staff.

"Most colleagues are receiving an average 7% increase in base pay this year and over 12% over the next two years, with an additional one-off cash payment of 4% in May," the FCA said.

"We acknowledge the result of the ballot of Unite members and respect colleagues’ votes and their strength of feeling about some of the changes we have made."

 Official union recognition would allow Unite to represent staff in pay negotiations.

The Central Arbitration Committee, an independent workplace disputes body, is considering whether to accept an application from Unite for labour union recognition at the FCA.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/staff-uk-markets-watchdog-begin-unprecedented-strike-2022-05-03/

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