Join our Big Conversation and help us get ballot ready

The Big Conversation campaign is a plan to boost organisation ahead of a 2019 pay ballot by having face-to-face conversations with 12,000 members and non-members has been launched by reps in the Home Office group.

The campaign will also look to make the group more representative of our members by encouraging more women and members from black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background (BAME) to become PCS reps.   

Speaking to more members is a vital part of our ‘steps to winning’ plan – see here for more.

The Big Conversation is an initiative backed by the GEC. The plan has been trialled in three branches before being rolled out across the whole of the Home Office between now and the end of January.

If each rep talks to 30 members and 10 non-members over three months, it will amount to one-to-one conversations with 9,000 members and 3,000 non-members.

“There is no substitute for good old fashioned union work,” said GEC group organiser Malcolm Davey.

The idea was presented at a Group Organising Seminar on 20 October, as an example of how we build up to a point of being able to talk one-to-one with 90% of all members ahead of a ballot being called.

Each of the Home Office group’s 300 reps will be asked to:

  • Talk to 30 members
  • Talk to 10 non-members
  • Briefly note the conversation on the simple online form

All of the materials for the campaign will be available on these pages, so please keep checking here for updates in the weeks ahead.

Big Conversation Information booklet 

Big Conversation guide for reps and activists

Big Conversation A5 leaflet for members 

Big Conversation  - Understanding ballots A5 leaflet for members

Record of conversation with members template 

Record of conversation with non members template 



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