5 August 2021

Read the latest edition of PCS Voice online now

The latest issue of PCS Voice is online now and is full of news and information for members in the DWP group.

From the editor
Welcome to the third edition of PCS Voice for 2021. This is the first edition from the newly-elected editorial board, and I would once again like to welcome Lorna, Joe and Nicky to the board. I look forward to working more with you this electoral year. Read more

President’s column
The UK is now in middle of yet another phase in this seemingly never-ending pandemic. For the past two weeks or so many of the previous safety restrictions have been lifted in England, and it is likely Scotland and Wales will follow suit over the coming days and weeks. Read more

Putting campaigning at the heart of organising
As an organising union, PCS regularly campaigns around the issues that affect our members. Read more

Jobcentre safety dispute
In the recent consultative ballot, members in jobcentres overwhelmingly rejected the DWP's decision to extend face-to-face services to customers and force members back into workplaces; 74% saying that they were prepared to take strike action. Read more

DWP pay 2021

Last month the employer imposed a paltry pay offer which PCS opposes. Our members in DWP deserve more for the work they have done throughout the pandemic. We have long called for a return to national pay bargaining, and we are moving closer to that by putting in sectoral pay claims. Read more

Hybrid working
With the easing of restrictions and the reopening of society, a return to the workplace is a matter of great concern for many of our members. Questions have been asked about the possibility of hybrid working. Read more

Tribute to John Collinson
DWP North East region were given sad news that their colleague and PCS representative John Collison had passed away on 4 June. Durham branch secretary Judith Leighton pays tribute to John on behalf of the region. Read more