Land Registry staff set to strike

The new Land Registry offices on Lytham Road, Warton.
The new Land Registry offices on Lytham Road, Warton.
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Staff at the Land Registry office in Warton, near Preston, will hold a two-day strike over plans to sell off the 150-year-old agency and cut jobs.

The walkout on Wednesday and Thursday among the Public and Commercial Services union’s members in the office will be part of action in 14 locations in England and Wales.

It comes as Land Registry bosses have refused to rule out compulsory redundancies and office closures as the government lines up the agency for privatisation.

At the same time, the Land Registry is pressing ahead with plans to privatise the handling of incoming mail and data, threatening 300 jobs.

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’, into a joint venture with a private company, or maintain its current status.

Sue Ghani PCS said: “For the Fylde Coast job losses would be a disaster, Land Registry is a large employer in the area and a threat to the jobs of approximately 250 people would be devastating to the local economy.

“Your home is the one single most valuable asset you have; it needs to be dealt with by impartial staff all of whom have a wealth of experience.

“The public really need to know what a massive threat this is to the integrity of the information held on the land and homes they own.

“We take our role as public servants very seriously and we’re not prepared to sit back and watch while 150 years of trusted public service is handed to a private company to make a profit.

“Yet again we are seeing a short sighted attempt to get rid of the family silver.”