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.

Join our rescheduled post budget PCS Facebook Live event with Mark Serwotka
Monday 4 December: 7:00 – 7:45 pm

Send in your question for PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka for our latest Facebook Live event on Monday 4 December focusing on the impact of the government’s autumn budget on your pay and civil service cuts.

Our first 2 Facebook Live events, during our successful consultative pay ballot, have been viewed thousands of times and we want you to help make the next one an even bigger success by sending your question to editor@pcs.org.uk putting Facebook Live question in the subject line.

On the night Mark will be assessing how the chancellor’s budget delivers on our 5 key demands to:

  • End the 1% public sector pay cap
  • Invest in public services
  • End to damaging austerity
  • Pause and fix Universal Credit
  • Invest in HMRC to close the tax gap.

We will also be publishing the exclusive report we have commissioned about the impact of the budget.

Support our striking Driving and Vehicle Standard Agency members
Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 December 2017. Various sites across the region – check website for details

Up to 2,000 PCS members working for the DVSA will be striking on the 4 and 5 December over changes to working time, travel time and safety concerns related to the new driving test.

An overwhelming 84% of members voted for strike action in October on a 70% turn out. The action is being taken to coincide with the launch of the new driving test on 4 December and will affect 14,500 driving tests, court cases relating to unsafe vehicles and motoring offences and roadside checks on HGV vehicles.

You can support our members in sending a clear message to DVSA management that the need to think again about forcing people to work longer, harder and for no extra pay by:

  • Supporting picket lines. For details click here
  • Send messages of support to midsbargaining@pcs.org.uk
  • Make a donation to the PCS DFT Strike Fund: account number 20163228, sort code: 60-83-01

Support the protest against union victimisation in Fujitsu
Tuesday 5 December 2017: 8:30-10am. Fujitsu, 22 Baker Street, London, W1U 3BW

PCS encourages members to attend the protest against the victimisation of UNIITE reps outside the Fujitsu offices in Baker Street.

Fujitsu is unfairly trying to target a number of effective Unite reps for redundancy. A situation, our PCS reps that organise within Fujitsu have faced in the past.

Both PCS and UNITE organise in IT outsourcing company Fujitsu. PCS on outsourced central government contracts and Unite on private contracts. We call on PCS members to show unity with our Unite colleagues by supporting this protest and ongoing campaigning activities including signing Unite petition against victimisations.

London Renters Union: Get involved and end of year social
Saturday 9 December 2017: Workshop 3:30 – 6:00 pm and Social 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Durning Hall Community Centre, Earlham Grove, Forest Gate, London E7 9AB

Ahead of the launch of its first branch in Newham, the London Renters Union is holding a “Get Involved Workshop” as an introduction to the London Renters Union and how you can get involved. The workshop will share skills and discuss how we can build our power as renters and win. It will be a chance to meet other renters with similar experiences and will be followed by a social with food, drink, music and entertainment.

The London Renters Union was initiated by a coalition of groups and individuals involved in housing, community and social justice organising to address the miserable experience of renting in London. Tenancies are too short, disrepair is common, and rents are higher than almost anywhere in the world. The London Renters Union was formed to fight back against this injustice and to build a fighting union that uses the power that renters have when we come together. Book your free place now

Associate and retired members (ARMs) London region christmas buffet
Thursday 14 December: From 12 noon onwards. Civil Service Club in Great Scotland Yard, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, Westminster, London SW1A 2HJ

All ARMs London members and their guests are invited to join our Christmas Buffet.

It is now over 20 years since our London ARMs’ first buffet and it continues to be a popular event. Once again we will meet at the Civil Service Club. You are welcome to arrive any time after midday and the buffet will be served at 1pm. A glass or two of wine will be available or, if you prefer it, a soft drink. There will also be a free raffle.

The charge will be a very reasonable £16 per person. If you would like to join us on this relaxed social occasion please send your name, address and telephone number and remittance to the London ARMs secretary, Peter Wood at 102, Carlyle Road, London W5 4BP.

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