11 February 2022

PCS what’s on 14 to 20 February

Our national ballot opens on Monday (14 February) and voting is a priority for many reps and members. There is also a series of courses for reps to learn new skills and for members wishing to get more involved in PCS.

Facebook live ballot launch 14 February

Many of our public sector members are facing severe hardship because of the cost-of-living crisis, compounded by a pay freeze and cap that means the average PCS member is £2,300 a year worse off since 2011.

On top of this, the government acted unlawfully yet refuses to refund the money members have overpaid in pension contributions meaning they are £500 a year worse off on average.

To recognise this great work we have submitted our pay claim for 2022, which includes a 10% cost-of-living pay rise.

We are holding a national consultative ballot for all our public sector members from 14 February to 21 March. The ballot will ask members whether they support our campaign demands and whether you would be prepared to take industrial action if those demands are not met. 

This is not a strike ballot. It will ask members what action they would be prepared to take. A statutory industrial action ballot might follow later.

To coincide with the launch of the ballot we are holding a Facebook live event at 6pm, on 14 February, hosted by PCS President Fran Heathcote and featuring our general secretary, Mark Serwotka.

Head over to our Facebook page, give us a like to ensure you get all our updates, and come and listen to Mark explain why it is critical all members included in the ballot should vote and ask him your questions. You can send questions in advance to editor@pcs.org.uk

Make sure your contact details are up to date so we can send you campaign updates. Register and log into PCS Digital.

Register for PCS conference

Registration for this year’s annual delegate conference is now live.

Annual delegate conference (ADC) 2022 will begin on Tuesday 24 May and close at lunchtime on Thursday 26 May.

The 2022 ADC and group conferences will be physical conferences in Brighton, although we are making contingency plans in case full physical conferences are not possible because of the pandemic.

The physical conference will include speakers and voting from the conference floor. In addition, speaking and voting procedures will be open to delegates attending online.

Strike ballot at the British Council

British Council employees in the UK and on UK contracts overseas are being balloted to ask if they are willing to take strike action over redundancies, restructuring and outsourcing.

The strike ballot closes on 25 February.

You can help our members by:

  • Signing our petition
  • Emailing Liz Truss using our e-action
  • Contacting your MP and ask them to sign our Early Day Motion
  • Sharing your support on social media using #HandsOffBritishCouncil
  • Contacting PCS to offer your support to our campaign.

LGBT+ History Month

Our DWP group’s LGBT+ advisory committee has organised two events to which all DWP members are welcome for LGBT+ History Month.

The first took place last week and the second takes place on 24 February.

Tell us about your LGBT+ month events and what the month means to you, email editor@pcs.org.uk

Heart Unions Week

Heart Unions Week runs from 14 to 20 February.

It is a TUC campaign week of activity where the trade union movement celebrates unions and the good that we do.Every worker needs a union. If you work in the civil service or on a public sector contract, join PCS.

Already a PCS member? Get more involved in PCS.

Training

Starting 15 February

9-3pm

Health and safety reps part 2 training for all regions and nations

This is a 3-day virtual course running on 3 consecutive Tuesdays for activists working in all PCS regions and nations. 

Building on stage one, this course explores in more detail the relevant skills and knowledge you will require to be an effective health and safety rep.

16 February

Welcome to PCS Cymru/Wales and South West

10am – 12.30pm

This is a 2-day virtual course running on a Wednesday for members working in Cymru/Wales and the South West region.

This course is aimed at members who are new to the union and interested in getting involved in union activity. 

Advocates 1 North West

11am to noon

This is a 1-hour virtual course for all members interested in becoming more involved in PCS working in the North West region.

Starting 18 February

Mentoring new reps and advocates Cymru/Wales and the South West

10am to 1pm

This short course, running across 2 half days, explores succession-planning; identify keen new reps and advocates; support their development as trade unionists; and ensure the health of the union for many years to come.

If you have any queries about these courses, email tuedacademy@pcs.org.uk

Register with PCS Digital to book yourself on to an upcoming course

PCS courses are now being listed on PCS Digital. To be able to view and reserve spaces for upcoming events you'll need to log in to PCS Digital. Registering your personal email address and mobile phone number means we can keep in touch with you about the national ballot and campaign.

Get in touch

Check out our events pagePCS Digital, or contact your local rep or regional office to find out what’s going on this week and in the coming weeks.

Let us know what your group or branch is planning so we can publicise it in our weekly round-up. Email web@pcs.org.uk

Stay informed by updating your details securely online by registering for PCS Digital