Voice Issue 1 2019

From the editor
Welcome to issue 1 of Voice for 2019.  This issue covers the big issues currently facing members in DWP, including the pay ballot, universal credit dispute, the staffing crisis, and extended hours. Read more

From the president
By the time you read this, we will be some way through the pay ballot and whilst none of us has a crystal ball, our members are angry about continued low pay at the hands of DWP and government, whilst the rest of the public sector broke the cap. Our message is clear: break the cap and give our members the pay they deserve. That is why it is vital that every member casts their vote. Read more

Pay 2019 – Make your vote count
Members in DWP have been taking a leading role in the national pay campaign and the statutory ballot which runs until 29 April. Hundreds of members have volunteered to help with leafleting workplaces, engaging with their colleagues encouraging them to vote and helping the union’s phone banking activity. Read more

CMG staffing and new ways of working
PCS members working in CMG have been amongst the most hard pressed in the DWP for a long time. Members have told us that they have high workloads, complex cases, high call volumes and high levels of stress. Read more

Universal Credit – members take action for 5,000 additional staff
March 2019 saw the first industrial action in Universal Credit since Glasgow and Bolton won the Ways of Working dispute in UC Live Service, in 2015. UC Full Service staff in Walsall and Wolverhampton, fed up of taking so many phone calls, of never getting processing work completed and of the pressure on them every single day, took two days of industrial action on 11 and 12 March. Read more

Staffing crisis in DWP
Despite the ongoing staffing crisis in DWP, the department continues to allow staff to leave. 662 staff in the transition sites have been told they can leave on a Voluntary Exit Scheme (VES), while at the same time hundreds of staff are being released on secondments to other departments to help with the Brexit crisis. Read more

Extended hours
As this is the fourth year of the Employee Deal management seem intent on trying to rush into extended hours in a number of areas without fully taking on board evidence of the actual demand from the public for longer opening hours. Read more

Exercise your democratic right to vote
Every year PCS holds elections for national, group, and branch positions. As a PCS member, you are entitled to vote in those elections, so that you decide who represents you at each respective level, and we encourage every member to do so. Read more

Over 8 years ago PCS first approached the department about having defibrillators in our offices. At that time we were told the cost was prohibitive and that we could only have them if funding could be sourced elsewhere. Read more

DWP Group Annual Report 2018
This annual report tells you about the work of your elected PCS Group Executive Committee (GEC) in the DWP in 2018. Your local PCS rep has a full and more detailed report. Read more

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