The ARMs London region covers all the London Boroughs and has more than 1200 members.
We are here to represent your interests and campaign for a fair deal for our members. We meet monthly and our officers and committee are elected at our annual general meeting.
The branch ensures that the voice of our retired and associate members is heard throughout the union and in the wider and political pensioner movement within the region. We send delegates to the national and London Pensioners Convention (NPC), the London and South East Pensioners Network of the TUC, and the ARMS National Forum.
From time to time we organise social activities for our members and their guests.
For further details of branch activities please contact the branch secretary or one of the other ARMS committee members listed below.
We normally meet on the second Thursday of the month at PCS HQ from 1.30 to 3.30 but have currently suspended all face to face meetings because of Coronavirus. At our meetings we aim to cover news from PCS and ARMS, campaigning, news from organisations we are affiliated to, as well as matters of interest to retired people.
Our 2021 AGM will take place on 13 May 2021 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm via Zoom.
The closing date for receipt of both nominations and motions is 5:00 pm on Wednesday 21 April 2021.
Members who are about to retire who wish to keep in touch with PCS can join ARMS. Details of how to apply are on the Transfer to Arms page on the website.
Getting more involved
We welcome members who wish to keep in touch with PCS as well as activists who wish to take a more active role. Following motion A47 at the 2019 ADC, retiring reps and those with experience can join ARMS and volunteer to help serving members through tutoring, mentoring and personal case support. If you are a member why not try one of our meetings?
ARMS has helped PCS working members through:
- Telephone banking to encourage members to vote in the pay ballot
- Supporting Colleagues at Ealing Tax Office
- Lobbying Parliament
- Taking part in demos about the NHS.
We have taken action in matters concerning retired people eg: retaining the free TV licence for the over 75's. We also aim to campaign over the Freedom Pass and the Triple Lock, the NHS, Social Care and Mental Health, age and ageism.
We are active in:
- London, East, South East, (LESE} Pensioners Network of the TUC
- The Greenwich and Bexley TUC.
- Battersea and Wandsworth TUC
- The National Pensioners Convention.
We are affiliated to Amnesty International.
Your Committee was elected at the AGM on 12 March 2020
Chair - Roy Lewis DWP
Vice chair - Peter Wood HMRC
Secretary - Gerald Griffin HMRC - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organiser - Andy Reid, HMRC VOA
Treasurer - Floretta Lewis Estates
Women's and Equality Issues - Maxine Leyland - DWP
Green Issues - Marianne Busette, Stationery Office
Committee - Trevor Taylor, DWP; Yahan Lewis - DWP
Auditor - Hans Libby