12 April 2022

Organising for Power online training course starts 10 May

PCS is seeking activists to sign up for a PCS team to participate in the global online training course.

PCS is seeking activists to sign up for a PCS team participating in the global online training course, Organising for Power: the Core Fundamentals.

The six-week series of two-hour workshops are delivered via Zoom, by leading US organiser Jane McAlevey, and hosted by the Rosa-Luxembourg-Stiftung organising institute in Germany.

The deadline to register for a PCS team is 12 noon on Friday 29 April - register online.

The sessions take place on six consecutive Tuesdays from 5-7 pm from 10 May – 14 June (10, 17, 24, 31 May, 7, 14 June), with each two-hour session focusing on one of five organising fundamentals:

  1. leader identification - understanding who are the 'natural leaders' in a workplace, including workers who aren't initially pro union
  2. language matters - how to get our words right when we're persuading members to become active
  3. structured organising conversations to persuade the hardest-to-recruit leaders to become active in the union, we need to hold focused and structured conversations with them
  4. charting - developing our map of the workplace to understand each worker's social relationships, and use this to prioritise and systematically contact/recruit everyone into the union
  5. structure tests - 'structure tests' are mini campaigns to build solidarity and workplace union strength, allowing us to 'test' when we are ready to win

The training is practice-based, so after each session, which you'll watch with participants from across the world, you will break out with your PCS small group to practice the skills covered and discuss how you can apply them to your own workplace/campaign.

So far, over 25,000 activists have completed the training, including Louise Phillips, PCS branch rep at DVLA, who attended the course last year. 

"It was amazing," wrote Louise in a blog for PCS last July. "We worked through different scenarios and talked about how to encourage people to be able to use their voice.

"Thousands of people from across the world were watching. We [then] went off in groups and worked with people from across the UK.

"The last one was incredible because we got to go off into groups with people from other countries. It gave you an insight into how other people were organised and it made you understand that we've got things tough, but we can work our way around our issues."