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Court service discussing plans with workers and unions
THE Government says it is discussing with workers and unions proposals which could see the privatisation of court enforcement following a protest against the plans in Kidderminster.
Yesterday, court workers and Public and Commercial Service Union (PCS) members held up placards outside Kidderminster Magistrates Court to demonstrate against the plans.
The proposal would put the collection and enforcement of fines into the hands of private companies and the PCS fears it could lead to the loss of 2,500 jobs nationally, with 20 of them being from the Kidderminster court.
An HM Courts and Tribunals Service spokesman responded, saying: “The Government takes the issue of fine enforcement very seriously and is exploring options to improve the collection of fines and better serve the public and victims.
“Our preferred option it to form a commercial partnership which could help to increase the current levels of collection while reducing enforcement costs. We are now alerting the contracting community to future procurement plans.
“We are in discussions with the unions and are fully committed to keeping staff informed and ensuring they are respected and treated fairly before, during and after any commercial process.”
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