ThePCS national executive committee (NEC) has agreed to run hundreds of activist sessions to encourage as many members and reps as possible to take an active role in the national pay campaign.
The NEC has also agreed to work closely with some of the biggest branches in the union to support them recruiting more members.
The DWP group executive committee (GEC) has now agreed a DWP group plan to support the national union and make sure that all DWP branches are well enough organised to win a national pay ballot in spring 2019.
Activist/Members Pay Campaign Sessions
The activist sessions are being organised by PCS regional offices using an agenda that works through 6 Steps to Winning a Pay Ballot in spring 2019. The 6 Steps are -
Step 1 - October to December - Develop group and branch plans
Step 2 - November and December - Run hundreds of activist/member pay sessions with the aim of getting 1% of our membership to attend these sessions. Get 70% of members to provide email and mobile details.
Step 3 - December and January the aim is to have at least 1 rep/activist in every workplace and a minimum of 75% of members to provide email and mobile details.
Step 4 – January to April increase membership by 5% and aim to get a minimum of 80% of members to provide email and mobile details
Step 5 – February and March get 25% of member to attend AGMs
Step 6 – March and April to have spoken to 90% of members about 2019 pay and be ready to achieve a turnout of over 50% in a national pay ballot.
This is a very challenging set of steps to achieve. The DWP turnout in the statutory ballot in July was 42%. The DWP GEC has therefore agreed a plan that treats this organising work as a priority and includes working with DWP Regions and Branches to deliver each step.
Each GEC member has been allocated 3 or 4 branches to work with and support. Starting with agreeing a Branch plan. Branches will be contacted by the allocated GEC member.
DWP Group Plan
The plan agreed by the GEC includes -
- November and December - GEC members will work with branches and FTOs from PCS regional officers and DWP regional committees to get 1% of members to attend the activist sessions being run by PCS regions and 70% of members mobile and personal emails recorded.
- December and January - GEC members will work with branches and FTOs and DWP regions to organise an AGM in every DWP workplace in January/February get a rep/advocate or contact in every workplace. GEC members will use commix data to identify members who have not yet provided email and mobile contact details and work with branches and FTOs to drive to figures up to 75%. GEC members to work with branches to support plans for Branch AGMs, including guest speakers that are publicised to every member.
- January to April - GEC members will work with branches, FTOs, DWP regions and new workplace reps to organise branch recruitment activity in line with the DWP Employee Relations Framework to increase membership by 5% and at the same time use this recruitment activity to talk to all members and encourage them to attend the branch AGM and talk to all members who have not yet provided email and mobile details to get to 80%.
- February to March - GEC members to work with branches, FTOs, DWP regions and new workplace reps to talk face to face to every member to ask them to attend the branch AGM.
- March to April - GEC members to work with branches, FTOs, DWP regions and workplace reps, using branch membership lists to talk face to face to at least 90% of members about the 2019 pay campaign.
All branches are asked to treat this work as a priority so that we can be confident of winning a pay ballot next spring with a turnout of well over 50%.
Big Branch Recruitment Support
The DWP GEC has also agreed to work closely with the NEC in supporting some of the biggest branches in the DWP in the important work of recruiting more members. The branches are:
Fylde, Wirral, Tyneside and Northumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, HQ London, Essex, Wolverhampton and Walsall, Kent, DWP Glasgow, Tees Valley and Birmingham South.
These branches will be contacted and asked to have a discussion and agree a plan about how we can focus on recruitment.