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To: Ben Wallace MP, UK Secretary of State for Defence

Help protect the workers who care for the graves of our war dead

With just three weeks’ notice and despite our many years of loyal service, maintaining and caring for the cemeteries of our fallen war heroes, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has given us a stark choice: be repatriated back to the UK or face having our incomes halved.

Please help us by emailing the minister Ben Wallace MP now.

Why is this important?

We are Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) staff. We are British citizens who serve overseas in countries such as Belgium and France, maintaining and caring for the cemeteries of our fallen heroes. We are proud of our role in ensuring that the 1.7m people of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, will never be forgotten.

We now need your help.

With just three weeks’ notice and despite our many years of loyal service, the CWGC has given us a stark choice: be repatriated back to the UK or face having our incomes halved.

This is happening it us as we’ve been told that we will no longer be entitled to UK contracts after 31 December 2020, when the Brexit transition period ends. But switching onto new contracts means changing to our country of employment’s tax code and changes to pensions and other terms and conditions, which could see us lose up to 50% of our income.

To be given just three weeks’ notice to making life changing decisions on whether to uproot our lives and that of our families in the middle of a global pandemic when jobs are scarce is terrifying. So is accepting losing up to half of our income. We are desperate.

We now need the minister Ben Wallace to intervene on our behalf to protect our terms and conditions and put pressure on the CWGC to talk to our unions. Please help us by emailing the minister.

Updates

2020-12-23 20:59:59 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2020-12-17 22:11:08 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2020-12-17 16:18:58 +0000

500 signatures reached

2020-12-16 19:31:01 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-12-16 17:13:08 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-12-16 16:21:13 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-12-16 16:02:27 +0000

10 signatures reached