Posts Tagged ‘Jon Bigger’

Jon Bigger Victimisation Update: Employer calls online support for #PCS Rep ‘negative’ in document to staff

May 2, 2013 4 comments

Imagine arriving at work, logging into your account and reading a document that described you as a “former employee”.  That is exactly what Jon Bigger faced a couple of weeks ago when he arrived for work.  Just to clarify, Jon has been given his notice but that doesn’t run out until August so he is very much still an employee of the organisation.

The Corporate Strategy Directorate produces a weekly summary of social media activity about passports from twitter.  They call this the Social Media Dashboard.  As Jon is a member of the Directorate he gets copied into this dashboard.

A recent version of it contained information split into negative and positive comments about the Identity and Passport Service.  Highlighting ‘negative’ comments the dashboard included the following: “There has also been some activity regarding the compulsory redundancy of PCS rep Jon Bigger.”  It then went on to mention that Jon had received substantial support on twitter and it referred to him as a “former employee”.

The dashboard is sent to everyone in the Corporate Strategy Directorate and presumably some people beyond the Directorate.  It speaks volumes that not only did people in his own Directorate think he was a former employee but they also clearly didn’t realise that he was on their email distribution list.  The rules are quite clear on harassment at work and this obviously falls foul of the policy.

Jon sent an email to everyone in the Directorate.  That email is written below in its entirety but without the attachment mentioned:

Hello all,

I logged on to find an official document has been forwarded to everyone in the directorate referring to me as a “former employee”.  The document is attached below.  As you can see rumours of me leaving the organisation have been wildly exaggerated.

The fact that I’m mentioned at all is worrying and is symbolic of the way I have been treated by the Agency and the Home Office.  I note that the fact people are supporting me on social media has been construed as ‘negative’ on the dashboard.  I’m personally very pleased with all the support.  I deserve it and it’s a very positive thing.

I’m not sure who heads up the Customer Intelligence Team but two issues stand out for that individual.  The first is around being factual; I am a current employee.  The second is around having dignity and respect for those you work with; I respect you and I expect it in return.  Not to mention in detail the data protection implications.

I would appreciate the person responsible for the team contacting me immediately with an apology please.  Following which I shall be considering what further action may be necessary.  Hopefully the apology will suffice.


There has indeed been a great deal of support for Jon online.

Since Jon wrote his email and presumably because senior management realise how appalling it was to mention him in this official document and spread it around the workplace, he has received an apology.  However, we consider it important to keep people up to date with the way our reps are being treated.  Jon is not the only person to suffer: we’ve had a number of dismissals in recent years, reps banned from the computer system and others going through formal processes.

In the Home Office we face a hostile employer but we do so with passion and commitment.  Whatever they throw at us we stay and grow stronger.

Victimisation of reps in the Home Office must cease.  Jon needs to be offered a role so that his redundancy can be avoided.

Branch Executive Committee


Home Office #PCS Demo Pictorial – #supportJonBigger

April 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Here’s a selection of photos from the demonstration yesterday outside Home Office HQ, including some snazzy placards made by a supporter and family!

End Home Office Victimisation – reinstate Jon Bigger!

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April 9, 2013 1 comment
English: The current offices of the British Ho...

English: The current offices of the British Home Office, located at 2 Marsham Street, London. Photo taken on 15 November 2005 by User:Canley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Show your support for Jon and attend the demonstration outside Home Office HQ in Marsham Street at 12:30pm 10th April 2013.

Jon Bigger, a longstanding PCS representative in the Identity and Passport Service, has been issued with a compulsory redundancy notice. PCS believes that the Home Office has broken its own rules which dictate that those facing redundancy should have preferential treatment for roles.

Jon was declared surplus in June 2010 and was told that the Home Office would do everything in its power to avoid his redundancy. He applied for various jobs within the Home Office and wider civil service but has been barred on every single occasion on spurious grounds.

On one occasion Jon was forced to go through a two-hour exam and a full interview for a job he had previously done. On another occasion he was asked to prepare a presentation for an interview but not asked to deliver it at the interview. In both cases he was the only candidate.

After successfully applying for a role in the communications team, it was later taken from him as he was told he would not be able to fulfil the role even with training. Jon has a great deal of communications experience and was the only candidate for the position.

At a recent hearing the manager arrived with Jon’s decision letter already signed and sealed in an envelope before he had even heard Jon’s evidence.

PCS believes that he should not be considered as redundant when roles at his grade are being advertised. Jon remains willing to work anywhere in London within the civil service.

Please show your support for Jon and join the demonstration on Wednesday 10 April 2013 outside 2 Marsham Street.

End Home Office Vicitmisation: Demo 10th April for #JonBigger

April 3, 2013 3 comments

The campaign to get branch rep Jon Bigger reinstated is entering an important phase.  On Wednesday, April 10 Jon will attend an appeal hearing at the Home Office headquarters and argue his case.  This is an opportunity for the Department to show that it is not in the business of union busting and victimising PCS representatives.

You can get involved with this process by attending a demonstration outside the building from 12:30 PM.  We want to show the Home Office that we care about the representatives we have and that we won’t be bullied by the Department.

Please come to the demo if you can and make some noise for Jon.

E-Action: Reinstate Jon Bigger #PCS

March 6, 2013 2 comments
PCS strikers rally the Forum, Norwich on the f...

PCS strikers rally the Forum, Norwich on the first day of their strike (Photo credit: Roger Blackwell)

Sending a letter to the Home Office asking them to reinstate Jon Bigger has just got a whole lot easier.  Simply click on the link below and you can help end victimisation of PCS reps in the department in no time at all.

You can also tweet them (politely please) via @UKhomeoffice

For more information on Jon’s case and why he’s being targeted please see below.