Issue 1 2020

From the editor
My name is Liz McGachey and I am the new DWP group journal editor. Following Sarah Spencer’s decision to stand down from the role, and as there were no elections this year due to the pandemic, the group executive committee took the decision to co-opt me to the role, and I would like to thank them, Sarah, group president Martin Cavanagh, and the editorial board for their support in this new role. Welcome to my first edition of PCS Voice. Read more

From the President
As another year draws to a close it is traditional for this column to reflect on the year we have had and address some of the issues members have faced throughout the last twelve months. In that respect this latest edition is no different, but on just about every other level this has been a year like no other. Read more

PCS safety dispute
On 23 July DWP announced its intention to extend operating hours across 270 Jobcentres and 21 Universal Credit Service Centres from 30 November 2020. The GEC immediately condemned the decision of DWP on the grounds of safety. Read more

Covid safety in the workplace
The last 9 months have been unprecedented and we’ve all been trying to ensure that our offices are as safe as possible, with the whims of government constantly moving the goal posts. Read more

Recruitment and inductions
The DWP is intending to recruit thousands of new staff over the coming months in order to cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. With so many new recruits, it’s important that branches ensure that they’re being informed of and being invited to digital inductions. Read more

PCS making safety paramount – BAME risk assessment
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought many challenges for PCS members in DWP, staying safe from the virus, shielding our loved ones and continuing to provide essential support to the most vulnerable throughout the country. Read more

Juggling working from home and looking after children.
In March the way we worked changed dramatically. With people more at risk of Covid-19 being unable to work, it also affected school and childcare arrangements for many of us. Read more

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