14 December 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 final edition of PCS Voice for 2021. This edition has been mainly written by members of our Black Members’ Advisory Committee (BMAC) following Black History Month (BHM) in October. Read more

President's column
As this is the last president's column of the year, it is traditional to reflect on the past 12 months and look at the work we have done in the group as well as some of the issues faced by you, our members, over that period. Read more

The impact of austerity and the pandemic on DWP BME members 
The DWP group black members’ advisory committee is extremely concerned about the real impact pay stagnation has had on BME members. Bash Chilwan talks more about this. Read more

Returning to the office – BAME risk assessments and the one-to-one process
With the ever-changing Covid guidance, and uncertainty around returning to the workplace, our members are understandably worried about what this means for them. Jeremy Bedford writes about the impact of the pandemic on BAME members, and what a return to the workplace means for them. Read more

Outsourced workers - doing the dirty work
Kayse Ibrahim highlights the important work that outsourced workers do, especially during the pandemic, and why it is vital that they join a union to protect their rights. Read more

Cosham members at risk of redundancy. Unnecessary risk to members’ livelihoods
PCS members in Roebuck House, Cosham were told on 9 November that they are at risk of redundancy. Herma Hughes writes about how over 100 people are affected by the announcement made. Read more

Black History Month 
October was Black History Month (BHM). DWP group vice president Angela Grant gives insight into why we mark this month, and the history lesson we never got at school. Read more

Tribute to Dave Hardaker
Durham County branch is very sad to announce the passing of branch stalwart Dave Hardaker. Branch secretary Judith Leighton pays tribute to him. Read more