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Land Registry privatisation: A Croydon PCS rep speaks out

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Land-RegistryLand Registry has been a trading fund for many years; and apart from the period following immediately following the financial crash this model has served both Land Registry and government well.

The announcement from Land Registry last week that the minister Michael Fallon has signed off the proposal to move us from a trading fund to what’s known as a Gov Co; effectively incorporating Land Registry as a full company but with the shares fully owned by the government leaves Land Registry in a precarious position as its then much easier for the government to sell off its shares and fully privatize the organisation.

The PCS LR GEC will be moving an emergency motion at our group conference in Brighton this week proposing that we now start a significant campaign to retain Land Registry as part of the Civil Service with lobbying of politicians, briefings for members and ballot for a sustained programme of industrial action.

That the head of the organization responsible for our corporate governance should speak in such clearly ideological terms is deeply worrying for the future of all trading funds and therefore my branch has sent an emergency motion to PCS Annual Delegate Conference this week.


It also has to be said that the recent comments of Mark Russell, the new head of the Shareholder Executive have also not been helpful. His widely reported comments are that for trading funds such as Land Registry; but also including Companies House, Met Office and Ordnance Survey the government does not make a good shareholder and that we should be sold off to raise money for the governments deficit reduction program. That the head of the organization responsible for our corporate governance should speak in such clearly ideological terms is deeply worrying for the future of all trading funds and therefore my branch has sent an emergency motion to PCS Annual Delegate Conference this week.

These proposals for Land Registry and the threats to the status of the other trading funds have to be seen in the wider context of the governments ideological attacks on the public sector with the move of the private sector into both the NHS and also into education via the free school programme and academy’s. Its now clear that no part of the public sector can be seen as exempt from the threat of privatization with the concept of ‘any willing provider’.

Privatisation is one of the main strands of the national campaign and its PCS policy to oppose all privatisation of civil service functions. It is therefore vital that all PCS members get behind the current industrial action.

Further information on the proposals for the Land Registry can be found on the PCS website.

 

This guest post was provided by Elenor Haven, the Branch Secretary from the PCS Land Registry Croydon branch. 

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