Weymouth Land Registry Strike Over Closure Fears
7:57am 14th May 2014
Striking Land Registry staff in Weymouth say plans to privatise them could see their office close and more than 200 job losses.
That's one local effect of a national plan to privatise the service which has brought members of the Public and Commercial Services Union out on strike across the country.
A 48 hour walkout began this morning (14th May) not only in Weymouth by many of its 180 union members but as part of action at 14 sites across England and Wales.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is officially still considering responses to its consultation into the future of the Land Registry, with options being to move it from the Civil Service to a 'government owned company', in a joint venture with a private company, or maintain its current status.
At the same time, the PCS says the Land Registry is pressing ahead with plans to privatise the handling of incoming mail and data, threatening 300 jobs.
The Land Registry, which is self financing and receives no public funds, enjoys a 98% customer satisfaction rating and last year handed over £98 million to the exchequer.