Voice Issue 1 2018

I am delighted that we can bring the first edition of the Voice for 2018 to you in our new digital format. We hope that this is more accessible for you as a reader and would welcome any feedback you have which can be sent to dwpeditor@pcs.org.uk. This edition deals with the events of the last few months and the upcoming AGM season. Read more

President’s column
Fran Heathcote, DWP group president, shares her thoughts on AGMs, why we all need a pay rise and the threat of office closures. Read more

Outsourcing and re-let in DWP
In October the DWP informed PCS of its intention to invite Capita to undertake departmental work. This article outlines the steps so far and PCS’s stance on privatisation. Read more

Why I’m going to our AGM
Jennifer Dobison who works in Cobalt in Newcastle, part of the DWP Northumbria and Tyneside branch, explains why she is going to her PCS Annual General Meeting (AGM). Read more

PCS fighting compulsory redundancies
The latest on how PCS negotiations and campaigning have forced the department to reconsider their plans about compulsory redundancies for members. Read more

Mutual benefits conference 20/12/17
PCS DWP London Region, along with Unite Community and Disabled People Against Cuts met at a Mutual Benefits Conference in December 2017 to discuss ways of working together against the governments attacks on claimants and workers. Tony Reay, PCS DWP regional secretary reports on a productive and encouraging day. Read more

Silkhouse court members experience
A roller coaster of emotions that’s how one member from the former CMG site at Silkhouse Court Liverpool described her experience at being caught up in the DWP office closure programme.” The thing is a roller coaster goes up and down, but I feel ours is stuck in a downward position!” said another member. Read more

Plymouth Old Tree Court dispute
Mark Page, DWP assistant secretary gives an overview of the successful action taken by members at Plymouth Old Tree Court to stop the closure of their site and prevent compulsory redundancies. Read more

Universal Credit – impact of budget announcements
Following on from campaigning by PCS and a society-wide outcry, this article looks at the changes announced to Universal Credit in the budget in November and how this will impact on members. Read more

National pensioners convention lobby parliment
PCS were in attendance again for the annual Lobby of Parliament by the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) in October. PCS has a long-standing affiliation to the NPC and are keen supporters of their campaigns. Read more

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