Equality is at the heart of everything we do
In the way we organise ourselves and campaign we always strive to ensure we are representing all of our members.
We work with members to promote equality and tackle discrimination in the workplace, society and the wider world.
PCS is committed to ensuring those members in groups currently under-represented in our union’s structures are encouraged and supported to play a full and active role.
We run four national forums for women, black, disabled, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members, which meet regularly to share information and ideas, and advise the national executive on policy.
We support international days that celebrate equality and diversity.
NEC statement on reform of the Gender Recognition Act
The National Executive Committee of PCS would like to record and reaffirm our solidarity with our Trans members, and the wider Trans community as part of this year’s International Trans Day of Visibility.
We are a trade union with a strong record of campaigning for equality and against discrimination and injustice affecting our members. We are a union that seeks to understand that our oppression is rooted in an unequal society and we must unite to support each other in the fight against prejudice, discrimination, and bigotry.
We fully support trans people and non binary people, campaigning for their rights. Discriminatory behavior, threats of violence, prejudice, and verbal abuse are all totally unacceptable.
We continue to support the need to reform the Gender Recognition Act, in line with the decisions taken by our Annual Delegate Conference since 2017. Currently the Act imposes oppressive medical and bureaucratic processes on trans people that detrimentally affect their rights and dignity. We will continue to put forward our agreed conference policy, and to campaign for its implementation.
The NEC agreed at its meeting on 3-5 March to write to the Government in response to recent press reports that the Government were considering withdrawal from any potential reform of the Gender Recognition Act.
However in light of the ongoing pandemic and our need to respond on behalf of PCS members, this agreed course of action will follow as soon as appropriate to do so.
The NEC will continue to work with PCS Proud, the PCS National Women’s Forum and other allies for reform of the GRA.
PCS will continue to strive to create a united campaign for trans rights, recognising that unity in our movement is the best way to fight for both trans people and to address any concerns held by women, and to achieve equality for all.
Sexual harassment training
PCS has designed a one-day workshop on sexual harassment in the workplace. The course will raise awareness among all union reps, and give them the confidence and tools to challenge management where change is not forthcoming.
Most of the courses will be held in the union’s regional offices, but we can also explore possibilities of running the course for branches in large workplaces or external venues where appropriate.
For more details on forthcoming dates of PCS sexual harassment courses check our events page.
To order “Sexual harassment is a trade union issue” materials (workplace noticeboard posters and leaflets) contact your PCS regional office.