At least 24 civil servants involved in complaints against Dominic Raab, say sources

Dominic Raab is facing a much broader than originally anticipated with at least 24 civil servants involved in formal complaints against him, the Guardian understands. Government insiders believe the depth of the inquiry and severity of some of the claims means the deputy prime minister will struggle to survive in post, and throws further doubt … Read more

Nicola Sturgeon under scrutiny for using public money and civil servants on independence plans

Nicola Sturgeon’s use of public money and officials on her independence plans is being examined by the head of the British civil service , the Scottish Secretary has disclosed. Alister Jack said that Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary, and John-Paul Marks, the SNP government’s permanent secretary, were considering the implications of the unanimous ruling that … Read more

BC General Employees’ Union issues strike notice on behalf of 33,000 public servants

BURNABY, B.C. — The union representing about 33,000 staff in the B.C. Public Service Agency has issued a strike notice to the government. BC General Employees’ Union president Stephanie Smith issued a statement saying wage protection is the workers’ top concern amid high inflation. The most recent collective agreement between the union and Public Service … Read more

Queensland public servants cowed by ‘high price’ of speaking out, Peter Coaldrake says

Queensland’s public servants have become fearful of providing frank and fearless advice to government because of the “high price” paid by some who do, according to the man who led a landmark review of the sector. Prof Peter Coaldrake handed down his 131-page report on Tuesday, citing a “culture too tolerant of bullying” and making … Read more

Civil servants imagine ‘Japanese gay grandfather’ during diversity training

The civil service has been accused of wasting money on diversity training after it emerged officials were told to imagine a Japanese gay grandfather and an African Paralympian in a wheelchair during a taxpayer-funded workshop. The exercise was conducted for lawyers and other officials in the Government Legal Department (GLD), which provides advice across Whitehall. … Read more