PCS in the north west

PCS in the North WestThe PCS north west regional centre covers the 40,000 PCS members who live and work in the north west, spread over 80 regional branches and 10 national branches.

On these pages you'll find information on:

  • The work of the regional office
  • The work of north west regional committee
  • Specific activities and issues of interest to members.

Office and facilities

  • PCS, 3rd Floor, Jack Jones House, 1 Islington, Liverpool L3 8EG.
  • tel: 0151 298 3900
  • fax: 0151 298 9636
  • nwrc@pcs.org.uk

The regional office has meeting and conference facilities available to members and allied organisations.

  • The Robert Tressell Room is equipped with video conference facilities and can comfortably accommodate 60 people (theatre style)
  • The Lillian Urmston Room has telephone conference facilities and is suitable for meetings of up to 14 people (boardroom style).

Advanced booking is essential by telephone on 0151 298 3900. All facilities are accessible. A cafeteria is open on the ground floor of the building between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm.


New Arrangements In The PCS NW Regional Office

 

Following a significant internal staffing review, the regional office will be undergoing some changes from Monday 14th July.

All of the administration for HM Revenue and Customs Group and the Culture Group will move to the north west.  Bargaining Unit Assistants are to be recruited to increase the size of that team to five. The admin team will continue to be managed by Marie Morgan reporting to Paula Wood who becomes the new NW Regional Secretary.

Three HMRC group FTOs become part of the NW staffing team as follows:

  • Peter Middleman, group secretary
  • Mary Doolin, industrial officer
  • Jim Knotts, industrial officer

The HMRC FTOs will be managed by National Officer, Dave Cliff who will also be based in the regional office.  The remaining FTOs on the HMRC and Culture teams will be based at PCS offices around the UK.

Also based in the office, but not formally part of the north west team, are the following colleagues:

  • Steve Farley, national officer (DWP and Commercial sector)
  • Caroline Turner, industrial officer (Home and Justice sector)
  • Mike Jones, Home Office group secretary
  • Claire Jones, industrial officer (Home and Justice sector) - Temporary Promotion
  • Liz Kearns, national ULR organiser
  • Sheila Pevely, Bargaining Unit learning officer (DWP and Commercial sector)
  • Anne Thornton, communications officer

All of the new roles and contact details will shortly be published on the "Contact us" pages of our website.

Clearly, there will be a period of bedding in and we ask for your forbearance as we implement new systems, formalise new responsibilities and train new staff.


Message from the new Regional Secretary Paula Wood
"I am delighted at taking on the role of PCS NW Regional Secretary.  It’s a huge responsibility and I’ve accepted it knowing that I’m inheriting, from my predecessor a professional and committed team of staff and members".

Message from the outgoing Regional Secretary Peter Middleman
"Having spent 4 very rewarding years in the role, I'm looking forward to a new challenge. I offer my best wishes to Paula who inherits a network of activists who it has been a privilege to work with in pursuit of members interests. I've no doubt that the north west region will maintain its position as a vanguard region not just within PCS but across the entire movement".

 


PCS members say "Enough is enough - we all need a pay rise"

 

Tens of thousands of PCS members contributed to a very significant day of industrial action across the North West on 10th July contributing to a walk-out numbering well over 1 million nationwide. Speaking after a picket line in Bootle, Merseyside, PCS NW Regional Secretary, Peter Middleman said, "The Cabinet Office's desperate and frankly laughable attempts to talk down the impact of our strike are contrary to the evidence of our own eyes across the region.  Disciplined picket lines and vibrant rallies in Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston show how determined public sector workers are to regain a foothold in the fight for better living standards and working conditions. I'm delighted that PCS has played such a significant role and that our members and activists have produced the goods once more".

 

Images from the day can be viewed on the PCS Flikr account.
 

 

 


Direct Debit - Make the switch today

We have recently advised our branches about the apparent threat from Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude to remove the ability for members to pay for their union membership through pay roll.

The "Check Off" facility, as it is known, is a long established and efficient method of collecting subscriptions and the threat to remove it leads us to the inevitable conclusion that this is a politically motivated attack designed to undermine industrial relations and the union's ability to defend members.

The national executive committee considered the issue at their January meeting and resolved to begin preparations immediately to move all members over to a Direct Debit method of monthly payment. This will require you to provide PCS with some banking details.

More information can be found on our dedicated pages here

We are continuing to work with the TUC and broad spectrum of politicians opposed to this move but it is imperative that we have a contingency in the event that extremists in the Conservative Party can force the changes through.

Don't let Maude win, make the switch today.

View a short video from general secretary, Mark Serwotka on the threat to Check Off on our Youtube channel by following the link. Members will need to login to the PCS website to view this and are advised not to view it at work. 


Performance management – A view from the top

Many PCS representatives will be engaged in grievances or appeals on behalf of members falling foul of the civil service performance management arrangements.

As part of the failing civil service reform plan, line managers are being put under pressure to award 15% of their staff a “must improve” marking.

This subjective and quite arbitrary target is a manifestation of “relative assessment” or “guided distribution” techniques which are becoming increasingly discredited in the private sector.

In a response to widespread criticism of the new regime, Head of the Civil Service, Sir Bob Kerslake used a recent Blog to persuade staff of its virtues.

Amongst the usual platitudes were a few points which might prove useful to bring up in meetings seeking to challenge awards including:

  • “When it comes to distribution ratings, no individual’s performance rating should simply change to meet the guided distribution total and if there is any evidence of this, colleagues should raise this within their department
  • “A really important point is that these ratings are guided and not forced”
  • “It is the responsibility of all line managers to deliver the final rating at year end and there is a requirement to explain differentiation of performance”
  • “A Must Improve...performance rating is designed to identify those members of staff whose performance needs to improve and to provide the tools that enable this to happen. It’s certainly not just about dismissal”

While it is natural to be sceptical about the value of these views at the sharp end, it will be an interesting exercise to gauge to what extent local managers are prepared to act contrary to the principles of the senior civil servant responsible for the whole reform project.

For managers themselves, Sir Bob's comments should reinforce the ability to apply a professional discretion throughout the process. On this point, the comments section at the foot of the blog make interesting reading.


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