The national executive committee

Elected every year, the national executive committee or NEC is the governing body of PCS, responsible for implementing policy decided at national annual delegate conference and formulating policy between conferences.

The NEC structure is a reflection of the mergers of previous civil service unions that have formed what is now PCS.

When PCS formed there were 41 ordinary members aside from the president and vice presidents on the NEC.

In 2003 conference voted to reduce this over a four year period.

How is the NEC formed?

The NEC is now made up as follows:

there is one president elected by whole membership.

There is one deputy president and three vice presidents elected by whole membership.

The vice president who polls the most votes will become the deputy president. The deputy president and vice presidents must come from different employer groups.

There are 30 ordinary members elected by whole membership (two seats reserved for black members).

No more than eight ordinary members can be employed by the same employer.

In additon there are 2 reserved seats for former Association of Magisterial Officers (AMO) members.

Who does what on the NEC


The president is responsible for:

  • Interpreting PCS rules
  • Chairing annual delegate conference (ADC)
  • Implementing ADC decisions
  • Chairing national executive committee (NEC) meetings
  • Chairing NEC sub-committees

Deputy president

The deputy president is responsible for:

  • Deputising for President when needed
  • Attending NEC meetings
  • Chairing sub-committees

Vice presidents

The vice presidents are responsible for:

  • Attending NEC meetings
  • Chairing sub-committees

Other NEC members

Other NEC members are responsible for:

  • Attending NEC meetings
  • Implementing ADC decisions
  • Deciding PCS policy between ADCs
  • Sitting on sub-committees

NEC sub-committees

Senior officers committee

  • The senior officers committee will meet between NEC meetings, and as required, to discuss the major strategic internal and external issues facing the union.
  • The Committee will report to the NEC
  • Management of the Union and personnel issues
  • dealing with urgent business in between NEC meetings

Policy and resources committee

The policy and resources committee is responsible for the development and monitoring of the NEC's plan of work.

It is also aims to monitor support being provided to representatives and service to members will consist of President, Honorary Officers, Senior Full- Time Officers, ordinary NEC members as NEC may determine and other Officials whom the General Secretary may call upon to provide support, information or technical advice

National disputes committee

Is responsibel for authorisation of industrial action and strike pay in accordance with Supplementary Rule 7.16

Campaigns committee

The campaigns committee aims to identify, oversee and monitor strategy and progress of the unions national campaigns and associated communications in line with established policy.

Editorial Board

The editorial board has editorial control of the union's national journal.

Organising and learning services committee

This committee is responsible for:

  • recruitment, organising and PCS structure
  • trade union education
  • learning services
  • branch constitutions

Finance committee

This committee is responsible for:

  • monitoring estimates and financial reports
  • Group and Branch funding
  • membership services
  • administering the union's benevolent fund in accordance with supplementary rule 10

Pay strategy committee

This committee is responsible for:

consider pay policy and trends

  • monitor and coordinate civil service delegated pay bargaining and offers in line with union policy
  • progress civil service national pay framework
  • develop equality and legal work

Protect public services committee

This committee is responsible for:

  • Monitor and campaigning on issues such as PFI, privatisation and outsourcing, Gershon and Lyons Review.
  • Defending local public services and 'Public Access for all'

Protect pensions committee

This committee is responsible for:

  • consider all pensions issues affecting members
  • progress PCS pensions policy

Conference arrangements working group

This committee is aims to work with the appropriate HO staff to make successful arrangements for Group and Delegate Conferences and make recommendations to NEC

International human rights committee

This committee is aims to co-ordinate and oversee Union's international work and on issues such as peace, equality, human rights and anti fascism.

Equality Committee

The equality committee aims to co-ordinate and oversee union work on equality and implementation of the PCS charter for equality. 
Representationon this committe has to come from the NEC and the women's, Black members, disability, youth forums and Proud.

Updated 13 Sep 2016

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