L&SE Action

Dear Colleague,
Please find below details of campaigns, events and activities in the London and South East region. Please promote these events amongst your members and use them to support your workplace organising activities.

Use our PCS calculator to see how the pay cap affects you
PCS has launched a pay calculator to show the impact of the 1% public sector pay cap on our members as part of our campaign to force the government to scrap the cap and give all public sector workers fully-funded, above inflation pay rises.

The calculator makes a simple analysis of the impact of inflation on a civil servant’s salary over 7 years, assuming that they have received a 5% pay increase over that time. The calculator goes on to estimate the effect that the pay cap will have on the value of their pay if the pay cap continues until 2020 (using government estimates of inflation).

Once you’ve made your calculation you can email it, via the website, to chancellor Philip Hammond and your constituency MP and on share it on Twitter on Facebook.

The calculator is already proving very popular with more than 1200 people using it in the 3 days since it went live. Please promote the pay calculator amongst your members and encourage them to use in their own time.

PCS national pay campaign: ballot ready response form
Deadline reminder: Friday 6 October 2017
All branches are reminded of the need to return your Ballot Ready Response Form by the deadline of Friday 6 October. This can be done by completing the form online or completing the form attached to National Branch Briefing 58/17 and returning it to organising@pcs.org.uk

The Ballot Ready Response Form is to help reps in their crucial role in making sure we maximise the vote in the pay ballot. Branches and activists are asked to:

  • Organise payday demos
  • Talk face to face to members
  • Arrange members’ meetings
  • Collect members’ contact information
  • Recruit new members to the union.

PCS London and South East region to “host” support for the picturehouse campaign
Tuesday 10 October 2017: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Picture House Central, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7DH

Picturehouse cinema workers have been on strike for the living wage and union rights for over a year. The company have responded with threats and sackings.

The London Film Festival runs 4-15 October. During this period there will be nightly high-profile film showings in both the Hackney Picturehouse and Picturehouse Central in Shaftesbury Avenue. The company will make lots of money from this festival and it is an important time for promoting their brand.

We want to bring to these high-profile film showings a reminder of the company's union-busting antics. This will put a lot of pressure on them, hurt their profits, and hurt their brand.

On some nights in the festival, the workers will strike. On other nights, there will be no strike, but supporters from around London will come and organise protests.

The PCS London and South East region have agreed to show solidarity by “hosting” the protest at Picturehouse Central on Tuesday 10 October from 5:30 – 8:00pm. This will involve getting as many PCS members along and bringing PCS flags, banners, placards, noise and handing out leaflets to members of public. If you are able to get along to show your support, even if it is only for a short time, please say you are going on our Facebook event and share as wide as possible.

For more information about the dispute, and more ways to help, please check out picturehousefour.org

London needs a payrise – end the pay cap now!
Tuesday 17 October: 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Assemble opposite 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA
PCS is supporting the demonstration and march organised by all major London regional trade unions as part of our campaign to 'scrap the cap'. We will march from Downing Street via the Department for Health, the Treasury, Department for Education and the Home Office to a rally in parliament Square. Please come along and show your support for the campaign against the pay cap.

If you can volunteer to help build for the event by leafleting Westminster tube station and Charing Cross train station OR act as a steward on the day, please email generallse@pcs.org.uk

Sign the petition demanding that Fujitsu stop victimising reps
Fujitsu is unfairly attempting to target a number of Unite reps. Please sign the petition as part of the campaign to stop this.

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