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Commons staff have ‘little choice’ but to strike over bullying and sexual harassment

COMMONS staff have “little other choice” but to go on strike unless tough action is taken against bullying and sexual harassment, senior civil servants warned today.

Amy Leversidge, assistant general secretary of the FDA, which represents top civil servants, said staff had been “pushed to breaking point.”

She vowed the union would “support members” if they decided to stage a walkout.

A probe by High Court judge Dame Laura Cox lifted the lid on a toxic environment in Westminster last week.

Failure by the House of Commons commission, which meets to discuss how to respond to the report on Wednesday, to back the “full and immediate” implementation of the recommendations would leave staff with “little other choice” than to strike, Ms Leversidge said.

“Industrial action is always a last resort and nobody would take the decision lightly, especially Commons staff, who are immensely loyal to Parliament.”

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