Land Registry workers to stage 48-hour strike over privatisation plans

Land Registry workers to stage 48-hour strike over privatisation plans

Thousands of union members to walk out on 14-15 May as hundreds of jobs under threat from plans to privatise agency.

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Thousands of workers at the Land Registry are to stage a 48-hour strike in a dispute over plans to privatise the 150-year-old agency, which is expected to lead to hundreds of job cuts.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union in 14 locations across England and Wales will walk out on 14 and 15 May, which could affect those buying and selling property.

The union said responses to a government consultation on the future of the Land Registry showed overwhelming opposition to any moves to sell the body that registers the ownership of land and property.

The announcement comes after the Guardian disclosed how advanced plans are to sell off the body that grants land rights, despite ministerial protestations that no decision has yet been made.

The PCS general secretary, Mark Serwotka, said: “Despite clear opposition from staff, lawyers and industry professionals, it appears ministers are determined to hand over yet another successful public asset to the private sector.

“The government has failed to make any kind of case for the need to privatise what is a well trusted and respected 150-year-old agency. The move is for purely political reasons and we are committed to doing everything we can to stop it.”

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