PCS Scotland is a national region within the union with five full time officers, one temporary project worker, five organising officers and an operations manager/education officer operating from two offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
We have a high learning, organising and campaigning profile in Scotland and provide bargaining support mostly to areas that fall within the remit of Scottish ministers.
We are affiliated to the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), and play an active role in labour movement campaigns throughout Scotland.
Details of our facilities and the work of our team can be found on these pages.
In the meantime we are looking for members to become engaged in the campaign over the next few months by revisiting old pay slips and comparing them with your current one. Let us know how much worse off you are by sharing your anonymised pay slip with your local rep.
Last week the government was forced to back-track on its plans to force all public sector employers to abandon check-off. This was one of several substantial wins on the Trade Union Bill in the House of Lords recently and shows that the campaign against the Bill is taking effect. In March, the government was defeated in three key areas: e-balloting, political funds and facility time. Its concession on check-off was likely given to avoid another embarrassing defeat.
However, despite progress, now is a crucial time to keep the pressure up. The Bill is due for third reading in the House of Lords on Monday and then it will go to the House of Commons for MPs to decide whether to keep the Lords' amendments. While the Bill overall is still an unjustified assault on trade unions and their members' rights, the changes made in the House of Lords go some way to lessen some of the worst parts of the Bill.
Email your MP to ask them not to overrule Lords' amendments to the Trade Union Bill.
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Following strong representation from PCS (who chaired the negotiations) and the other unions, in which we emphasised the professionalism, hard work and dedication of staff right across the parliament, not only throughout this session, but during the referendum, and in an extremely difficult period of austerity, Scottish Parliament’s management team made a pay offer for 2016 to 2018 which delivers more than the current Scottish Public Sector Pay Policy.
In summary, the offer, agreed this week payable from from 1 April, would be for two years (to March 2018) and is as follows:
PCS members at the Scottish Parliament branch voted overwhelmingly to accept the offer, but they were clear that they still oppose the Scottish Government's current pay restraint policy. Further, the current attacks on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme, demonstrate clearly that the Scottish Parliament branch will continue to be fully involved in PCS national campaigns in opposition to the ongoing attacks on public sector employees.
The PCS Scotland education programme for the second term of 2016 is now available online.
Take control of your working life. PCS is you, your colleagues and thousands of other members joining together for a strong voice and better jobs.
We are a powerful union of more than 26,000 members across Scotland, in the civil service or privatised areas. From court ushers and job centre advisers to tax inspectors and law enforcement, whatever your role PCS is the union for you.
We are asking all PCS members to change the way they pay their union subscriptions to direct debit.
Make sure we have your personal and email details.