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.   

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. 

MoJ Shared Services - Under threat

MoJ Shared Services have been put under threat of privatisation

It was announced in December last year to staff in Newport (South Wales), Bootle (Merseyside), Newbold Revel (Warwickshire) and Petty France HQ (London) that an options exercise will be carried out regarding the movement of the payroll, HR, IT and other functions carried out to one of two “Independent Shared Services Centres” (ISSCs), or to remain as part of MoJ

Members in Bootle have drawn up a petition asking local MP Joe Benton to
support their campaign to stop privatisation of this service. 

Please sign and share the petition here

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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The contact details of your local PCS representatives are available on request from this office.

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