Voice issue 2 2019

From the editor
Welcome to issue 2 of the voice for 2019. This issue covers the big issues currently facing members in DWP, including the pay offer for 2019, Universal Credit staffing update, an update on our Balham office, and period dignity. Read more

From the president
I will start my first column as the DWP president of PCS, by thanking all of you who voted to elect me as your group president. It genuinely is both an honour and a humbling experience to be chosen to lead our group by the members. I have the utmost respect for the responsibility that comes with the role and I pledge to give everything I have to provide you with the leadership you deserve. Read more

IN DEPTH – DWP pay 2019
The pay ballot result earlier this year was understandably a big disappointment for our members. For the second time in less than a year the Tories anti-trade union legislation prevented PCS members from taking legitimate industrial action, despite tens of thousands of you voting overwhelmingly to strike over low pay. Read more

UC staffing campaign update
As the DWP Voice goes to press Walsall and Wolverhampton are currently balloting members for two further days of industrial action, alongside members in Stockport, who are being balloted to join their West Midland colleagues in the national campaign. Read more

The menopause: what this means for our members
There is still much to be done to tackle the taboo around menopause, particularly in workplaces, where often women do not feel able to talk about the menopause as it has traditionally been seen as a private matter. Read more

Legacy benefits IBR LEAP – fixed-term appointment contract extension

For the second time in a month, DWP announced an extension to the fixed-term appointment (FTA) contracts of staff working on legacy benefits IBR LEAP. The first extension was to 31 July 2019 with the recent announcement being until 31 October 2019. On both occasions the group executive committee wrote to senior legacy benefit management requesting that all FTA staff working on IBR LEAP have their contracts extended to until the work is at least completed. Read more


DWP Voice reveals the shocking treatment of PCS members based in Balham. On 7 March the department revealed the closure of the Balham service centre with effect from 31 March 2020. This was as a result of the landlord stating that he wanted to redevelop the site. Read more

Fighting for period dignity in DWP

Periods happen, they are not a choice, yet figures show that here in 21st century UK over a quarter of those that menstruate are suffering each month due to the inability to afford sanitary protection. Read more


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