National Campaign News - 23 November 2012

23 November 2012


Photo-petition: branches and members are encouraged to take a photo of themselves with a red card between today and next Friday to add to a photo-petition that PCS will collate and send to the cabinet office.

For more information of how members can take part in the photo-petition please visit our web story;

On 30 November we would like reps to send pictures of their protests to and we'll upload them to our flickr site.

London protest: A protest has been organised outside the cabinet office (70 Whitehall) between 12 and 1pm next Friday. We'll have a banner and Mark Serwotka will address those gathered at 12.30pm. Members from central London branches are encouraged to come along and bring flags and banners.

Pensions contribution consultation: The government has opened a consultation on the April 2013 increase in pensions contributions. At a time when members are facing a pay freeze we believe this increase is yet another attack on members' terms and conditions. Please see our web story about our concerns.

Group disputes
Department for Transport:
As part of the ongoing dispute against job cuts and privatisation members in DfT will be on strike next Friday 30 November. Please support your colleagues by visiting DfT picket lines or sending a message of support to Maureen Fevrier

Ministry of Defence ballot: On 19 November a ballot in the MoD opened for industrial action over terms and conditions in the department as members have become increasingly stretched over the past two years with the loss of over twenty thousand members of staff. The ballot closes on 5 December. If members vote in favour, action is likely to take place in the new year.

Public service pensions bill
Our lobbying efforts continued this week on this bill and we'll be hosting a joint briefing with six other unions next week prior to the bill coming back to the commons for its report stage on 4 December. Please see our comment piece for more information;

Palestine solidarity events
PCS has been supporting the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s (PSC) events this week which culminate in a march this Saturday (assemble at Noon at Downing Street and march to the Israeli Embassy) to call for an end to the war on Gaza and the siege.

For more information please visit our web story;

Sign the petition to save health and safety rights
An eleventh hour amendment by the government to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill would see 114 year old rights on health and safety at work ripped up. The amendment includes taking away employers strict liability for the health and safety of their workers, for the first time since 1898 and workers no longer being able to rely on an employer's breach of health and safety law to win a personal injury claim, they would have to provide proof of negligence.

Please sign this important petition today

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