Real estate transactions threatened by the strike

The Land Registry and Registers of Scotland is one of 126 departments that voted to strike over wages and benefits.

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) says a strike program will be presented on Friday 18 November unless its conditions are met by the government.

“Action involving all members in areas that meet legal requirements would be expected to have maximum effect, including coordinated action with other unions,” a union statement added.

PCS is demanding a 10% pay rise for its members along with a host of other benefits, such as job security and “no reduction in terms of dismissal”.

Land Registry staff voted to strike with an 82.5% majority and the Registers of Scotland with 90.6%.

Of the public service employers who voted, 86 did not meet the 50% participation threshold.

The strike promises to be the first major public challenge for President Nilesh (Neil) Sachdev, who was appointed to the post just two months ago.

The Land Registry comments: “The National Executive Committee of the PCS will make a decision on November 18 whether to call a strike. In the meantime, HM Land Registry is reviewing the controls it has in place to mitigate and reduce the impacts of any identified risks that may arise from one day or sustained action.

“Currently, we anticipate minimal disruption to our services by planning for different scenarios.”

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