PCS members in the Justice Sector
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PCS members work in many government departments and non-departmental public bodies in the justice sector, including:
- Crown Prosecution Service
- Ministry of Justice
- HM Prisons and Probation Service
- HM Courts and Tribunal Service
- Youth Justice Board
- Supreme Court
- Office of Public Guardian
- Government Legal Department
- Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
- HM Inspectorate Prisons
- Criminal Cases Review Commission
- Parole Board
- Legal Ombudsman
- Law Commission
- Independant Monitoring Board Prisons
- Inspector of Probation
- Prisons and Probation Ombudsman
- Courts and Tribunal Judiciary
- G4S Facilities Management
- MITIE Facilities Management
Justice sector members face many of the same issues and erosive government policies that their counterparts in other union areas and the public sector confront, namely on:
- staff cuts and increased workloads
- privatisation and marketisation of public services and the sector
- threat of redundancies
- inadequate resourcing
- organisational restructuring on a rapid basis.
With the additional strain of being constantly in the media and public eye, mostly in negative terms and unfairly so, and undergoing a huge, continual cycle of government reform and activity, the criminal and civil justice system, is facing some of its most daunting challenges to date.
Find out more what PCS is doing to tackle these problems in our campaigns section.
PCS justice sector forum
The PCS justice sector forum is the PCS co-ordinating body set up to advise the national executive committee on justice sector policy issues affecting the work undertaken by PCS members.
It also provides information to the justice unions’ parliamentary group (JUPG), the PCS parliamentary group, and the family courts unions’ parliamentary group, and maintains close working links with the pan-union justice forum and union learning networks in this sector.
Meetings are usually held quarterly and are linked with those of the JUPG.
The forum consists of one lay representative from each of the bargaining areas that has members working in the justice system, nominated by their group or national branch. A PCS vice president, full time officers and a campaigns officer attend as necessary.
The justice unions’ parliamentary group
The JUPG is the parliamentary arm of the justice forum which regularly briefs members of Parliament on key issues affecting members in this sector.
Recent issues, raised on behalf of PCS members, include:
- the corrosive impact on pay and services due to budget cuts in the Ministry of Justice
- the increasingly strenuous workloads caused by the Ministry of Justice’s staff cuts
- opposition to a further proposed 10,000 staff cuts in the Ministry of Justice and courts
- serious concerns over the implementation of regional pay systems
- overcrowding in prisons
- titan prisons
- the justice system under stress and facing meltdown.
If you are a PCS member working in the justice sector and would like to raise an issue, in the first instance you should contact your group executive committee, national branch executive committee or full time officer. You may do this by contacting PCS's law and justice bargaining unit on 020 7801 2625.
Likewise, if you would like to know more about any of the above, feel free to contact the bargaining unit.