1 April 2022

PCS What’s On 4-10 April

There are lots of activities for PCS members and reps to get involved with this week, including our campaign to stop DWP office closures, marching in support of Ukraine, voting in the Ofsted ballot and cancer in the workplace training

Tell us how DWP office closures affect you

We want to hear how the DWP’s plans to close more than 40 processing sites across the UK affect you.

The DWP announced on 17 March plans to close 41 DWP processing offices, many in deprived communities already damaged by government cuts, putting thousands of jobs at risk of redundancy. PCS members have reacted with shock and anger to the DWP’s announcement.

Tell us how you think this decision could affect you by emailing: dwp@pcs.org.uk

We will use your comments on social media and in web articles but will change your name.

We also need all PCS members and supporters to sign our petition against the plans and use our e-action to ask their MP to support our campaign.

Don’t miss out on the statutory minimum wage increase

Check if you are eligible for the increase and what to do if your employer is not paying you what you are legally owed. 

On 1 April 2022, the government’s statutory minimum wage, the minimum an employee can legally earn in the UK, increased from £8.91 to £9.50 for employees aged 23 and over.

Make sure your employer is paying you the correct wage by using the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage calculator on GOV.UK.

9 April

March for Ukraine

PCS, along with ASLEF, the NUM, and the Bakers Union is supporting a march followed by a rally outside Downing Street on Saturday, 9 April. We  expect other unions to join in support. 

The demands of the march and rally are an end to the Ukranian war, for the Russian army to withdraw and that all refugees, no matter what their origins, be welcomed into this country. 

Members are asked to assemble on the public spaces of Parliament Square from 12 onwards. Following the march, the rally outside Downing street will hear speakers from trade unions, including PCS, and also messages from the Ukrainian trade union movement.

Bring branch banners and encourage other PCS members, colleagues and friends to take part.

Vote in the Ofsted ballot

Ofsted members have until 5 April to cast their vote in the industrial action ballot about their employer's illogical and unfair return to offices policy.


Cancer in the workplace for members in all regions and nations

5 and 7 April, 9am to noon

This course will help reps explore issues to be faced if a union member is diagnosed with cancer, including their rights to time-off, and find out more about cancer in the workplace, its causes and effects.

If you have any queries about this course, email tuedacademy@pcs.org.uk

Overview of free online for West Midlands members

6 April, 12.30-1.30pm

This online session is delivered by the TUC's Skills Officer for the West Midlands, Matt Pointon, and hosted by PCS national learning lead Kim Hendry. It is only open to PCS members in the West Midlands due to the devolution of government funding.

Email: learningacademy@pcs.org.uk

Booking now

The following courses are running in the next couple of weeks and are available for members to book now.

12 April, 1-2pm

Online assertiveness workshop

Join our assertiveness online workshop run by experienced employability tutor, Jane Walton, from the Workers' Educational Association.

Email: learningacademy@pcs.org.uk

19 April, 1-2pm

Value my skills, online workshop

Join our value my skills online workshop run by experienced employability tutor, Jane Walton, from the Workers' Educational Association.

Email: learningacademy@pcs.org.uk

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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

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