9 June 2022

What's On? 13 June - 19 June

There are lots of activities for PCS members and reps to get involved with this week, including the TUC's We Demand Better march and rally in London on Saturday 18 June. 

Why we are joining the TUC demo on 18 June

PCS members will be joining hundreds of thousands of other workers on the demo to demand that the government takes action over the cost-of-living crisis and to oppose the massive civil service job cuts.

Tell us why you are joining the demo, email editor@pcs.org.uk

March and rally details

The PCS bloc will meet at 11am at Portland Place to march at noon to Parliament Square for a rally due to start at 1pm.

Bring your banners, placards, voices, colleagues, friends and family, all are welcome.

For more information on transport to London from your area, please contact your respective PCS regional or national office.

PCS members respond to Boris Johnson’s job cuts statement

In May the prime minister announced 91,000 job cuts across the civil service, returning it to 2016 staffing levels. Last week he added insult to injury by sending an email to staff, and posting a statement on department intranets, which thanked civil servants and praised their “highest standards of public service” but then went on to try to justify the job cuts.

Sign Up to PCS Strike School

Training sessions are open to all members who wish to help prepare for the forthcoming ballot.

Last month the PCS annual delegate conference voted to hold a strike ballot on pay, pensions and the Civil Service Compensation Scheme, and to fight the proposal to make 91,000 job cuts.

We have now arranged a series of training sessions in every region and nation, to take place over the coming weeks.

All PCS reps, and any member interested in assisting in the vital work this summer to deliver a successful strike ballot, are invited to attend an upcoming strike school. 

Please register with your PCS Digital log-in for your region’s training session, and find out how you can play your part.

PCS serves notice of further strike action at British Council

PCS members at the British Council took two days of industrial action earlier this year after British Council management ploughed ahead with their plans to make hundreds of staff redundant, and to outsource large parts of the organisation.

Following the strike on 24 and 25 March, the chief executive officer of the British Council agreed to meet with PCS having previously refused.

Unfortunately, the CEO is still not willing to push for a deal to repay the loan from FCDO that would see the avoidance of compulsory redundancies.

British Council members on UK contracts will therefore take a further three days of strike action from 15 to 17 June.

Workplace Reps: Essential Building Blocks - Scotland

14 June - 12 September: 9:30am - 3:30pm

This course is aimed at newly-appointed reps and union advocates. It will give you the skills and knowledge to effectively represent your members, covering organising, campaigning, negotiating, equality, and more. The course covers essential approaches and techniques that underpin effective organising and bargaining set in the context of the contemporary trade union movement. This includes the role of the union rep in building the strength of the union, communications, effective negotiations and planning.

Course requirements: Participants are required to currently or prospectively have organising and representational responsibilities as part of their duties.

Bullying - London and the South East region, Eastern & South West

14 June - 21 June: 10am - 12:30pm

PCS demands that our members have the right to be treated with dignity and respect in a working environment free from bullying, harassment or discrimination. This course helps you define bullying behaviours and outlines how PCS reps can help individual members who complain of bullying. It then looks at how branches can work to secure effective agreements and campaign for a working environment in which bullying is not tolerated.

Reconciliations and End-of-Year Processes for Branch Treasurers

15 June: 2pm - 4pm

This is a short training session for new Branch Treasurers (or for existing Treasurers seeking a 'Refresher') on how to carry out Reconciliations and other End-of-Year Processes for branch financial reports.

Advocates 1 - Northern, Yorkshire & Humberside

16 June: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

The key to a stronger PCS is greater participation by members in the day-to-day running of the union at the local level. If you are willing to help out a little come along to this session to talk about how you can play a role in your union as a workplace advocate.

Combatting Domestic Abuse - Scotland & Northern Ireland

17 June - 24 June: 9:30am - 12:30pm

This short course is aimed at PCS reps and will assist you in developing a better understanding of domestic abuse issues, to consider, understand and support members experiencing domestic abuse and violence.

Advocates 2 - Cymru/Wales and the South West

17 June: 12pm - 1pm

The aim of this session is to continue to develop the skills of union advocates who have begun to carry out the role and to give them confidence in talking to members to help build the union. 
You must have completed the initial Advocates 1 session.

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

PCS courses and events 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. If you have not yet registered for PCS Digital, please do so here.

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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