What's On? 22 November - 28 November
Our electronic consultative ballot opened on 10 November and closes at noon on Friday (26 November). The ballot is to ask if you are prepared to take strike action over job losses and cuts at the British Council. The organisation is planning to close some overseas offices and reduce staffing numbers by 2,000 globally.
Our members are feeling the pinch more than ever before as the cost-of-living crisis deepens. The more of us who get involved in PCS’s national campaign, the more impact we can have to right these wrongs
The only way to stand up to these attacks is to do it together.
What can you do?
- In November we are launching a series of national campaign meetings around the UK. All members are encouraged to go along, take part in the debate and help plan our campaigns at a national and local level. Look out for announcements on our events page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
- Contact your MP: we have launched an online action to email all MPs to highlight the losses that members are being subjected to from all directions. You will also be asked to visit your MP, face-to-face or online, to remind them what the cost-of-living crisis means to you.
- Crucially, we are urging everyone to take part in building on our strength as a union by recruiting non-members, becoming active and encouraging others to do so – for example, by becoming a PCS Advocate. It’s a role that allows you to do as little or as much as you have time for, and it helps amplify PCS’s presence in your workplace, one voice at a time. Talk to your rep or email email@example.com if you are interested in becoming more active.
PCS is to hold a consultative ballot to ask members if they agree to support the PCS demands in respect of digital case management system the Common Platform. The ballot opens on Monday (15).
We have called on HMCTS to take urgent action to ensure the health, safety and welfare of members is protected and that the administration of justice is not adversely impacted by Common Platform by demanding its immediate suspension in all courts.
Pay in Natural England has the lowest starting salaries in the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The minimum of the EO grade in Natural England is £3,000 less than that in other parts of the department.
The ballot, which closes on 24 November, is consultative, and a further statutory ballot would need to be held before strike action could take place. However the ballot result could strengthen our position in negotiations with management.
Health and Safety Reps Part 2 - Eastern, London and the South East, South West
22 November - 13 December: 10am - 4pm
What can you do to make your workplace healthier and safer? Building on Stage One, this course explores in more detail the relevant skills and knowledge you will require to be an effective Health & Safety Rep. Does your employer carry out proper Risk Assessments? Do they provide appropriate staff training? Do they adhere to adequate policies and procedures? Learn the trade unionist approach to tackling Health & Safety; we tackle the issues that effect our members; and we campaign on those issues to build greater levels of union organisation, with a view to negotiating better workplace conditions with employers.
Running PCS Induction Sessions - Midlands
22 November: 12pm - 1pm
More members means a stronger union. And the best time to recruit a colleague to the union is when they have just joined the organisation. Most employers afford the union a short slot to talk to the new starters, and the best person to convince new starters of the reasons to join PCS is you – the local reps. This session talks you through a short prsentation you can deliver and discusses tips for recruitment and considers ways of handling the most common tricky questions.
Advocates 1 - North West
23 November: 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.
24 November - 25 November: 9:30am - 4:30pm
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 out two day course and become a PCS Neurodiversity Champion.
Developing Your Branch Advocates - Eastern, London and the South East
24 November: 12pm -1pm
The aim of this session is to inform reps, including Branch and Group Officers, about the role of the Advocate, and give them some guidance and tips on what they can do to support advocates, and how utilising advocates effectively can build the union.
Health and Safety Reps Part 2 - Cymru/Wales
25 November - 9 December: 9am -5pm
What can you do to make your workplace healthier and safer? Building on Stage One, this course explores in more detail the relevant skills and knowledge you will require to be an effective Health & Safety Rep. Does your employer carry out proper Risk Assessments? Do they provide appropriate staff training? Do they adhere to adequate policies and proedures? Learn the trade unionist approach to tackling Health & Safety; we tackle the issues that effect our members; and we campaign on those issues to build greater levels of union organisation, with a view to negotiating better workplace conditions with employers.
Welcome to PCS - Eastern, London and the South East
26 November - 3 December: 1am -12:30pm
This course is aimed at members who are new to the union and interested in getting involved in union activity. This introductory two-day 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
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Get in touch
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