13 January 2022

What's on? 17 January - 23 January

To start 2022, PCS is holding a series of introductory courses on a range of topics, including training for both new union reps and new union advocates, as well sessions on how to get more involved in the union. 

Cost of living crisis, pay and pensions - speaking to the media

PCS is looking for members to speak out about their experiences of the cost of living crisis, pay and pensions.

Any positive publicity we get now will help encourage members to take part in the consultative ballot which begins on February 14.

If you are interested in being put forward for a media interview for PCS on the issues above, please contact the PCS national press officer: johnmi@pcs.org.uk


Sign up online to be a PCS Advocate

PCS needs members to support their union by signing up to be union advocates and it’s really simple to register with our online form.

If you are willing to help out a little, we hold regular, 1-hour introductory training sessions which let you know about how you can play a role in your union as a workplace advocate.

To complete the online form you just need your name, PCS membership number and a valid personal email address. Once you have been set up as an advocate on our membership system, our national organising team will contact you and also let your branch know that you have registered as an advocate.


Ahead of PCS national ballot update your details on PCS Digital

Ahead of the PCS national ballot from 14 February to 21 March to support our campaign to raise pay, pensions and living standards, we want all our members to review and update the personal details we hold for them.

To review your details, you will need a PCS Digital account. If you haven’t registered for PCS Digital all you need to do on the online form is enter your surname, your first name and then your PCS membership number, which has 7 digits and starts with a P (you'll find it on any emails you've had from us). You then enter your personal email address and click on the sign-up button. You will then receive an email from us with instructions on how to set up your password.

Register with PCS Digital today and familiarise yourself with the online system. Always update you online records on PCS Digital if you move house, move workplace, or change email address.


PCS AGM season is virtually upon us so get involved

Want to get more involved in PCS? Attend your PCS branch annual general meeting, have your say and get active in your union.

It is important to attend because not only are key decisions being made, but you can really see how the union works and get involved. Obviously because of the pandemic most AGMs will probably take place virtually this year.


Advocates 3: AGM and Conference - Getting Involved - Midlands

18 January: 10:30am - 12pm

The aim of this session is to continue to develop the union knowledge of Advocates who have begun to carry out the role. The session will give you the confidence to talk to colleagues about attending and participating in the Branch AGM and PCS conference.


Advocates 2 - Eastern, London and the South East 

18 January: 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.


Neurodiversity in the Workplace stage 1

19 January - 20 January: 9:30am -16:30pm

Some people are autistic, dyslexic, dyspraxic, ADHD, or another atypical condition. PCS fights for all members - especially those who face disadvantage and discrimination in the workplace, and in wider society. Opportunities need to be widened and support strengthened, not cut back under the excuse of 'austerity'.

Sign up for our two-day course and become a PCS Neurodiversity Champion.


Welcome to PCS - Northern Ireland, Scotland

19 January - 20 January: 10am - 1pm

This course is aimed at members who are new to the union and interested in getting involved in union activity. This introductory short course will give a flavour of what trade unions do, the role of trade unions in society and what it means to be an active member of PCS. The course is open to any member of PCS


Advocates 1 - North West 

19 January: 11am -12pm

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.


Advocates 3: AGM and conference - Getting Involved - Northern Ireland, Scotland

19 January : 12pm - 1:30pm

The aim of this session is to continue to develop the union knowledge of advocates who have begun to carry out the role. The session will give you the confidence to talk to colleagues about attending and participating in the Branch AGM and PCS conference.


Advocates 3: AGM and conference - Getting Involved - Northern, Yorkshire and Humberside

19 January : 12:30pm - 1:30pm

The aim of this session is to continue to develop the union knowledge of advocates who have begun to carry out the role. The session will give you the confidence to talk to colleagues about attending and participating in the branch AGM and PCS conference.


Reconciliations and end-of-year processes for branch treasurers

19 January : 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.

Please note that this session replaces the postponed course that was due to take place on 9 December, 2021.


Advocates 3: AGM and conference - getting involved - Northern Ireland, Scotland

19 January : 5:30pm - 7pm

The aim of this session is to continue to develop the union knowledge of advocates who have begun to carry out the role. The session will give you the confidence to talk to colleagues about attending and participating in the branch AGM and PCS conference.


Advocates 1Cymru/Wales and the South West

19 January: 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


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.


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