17 August 2021

What's On? 23 August - 29 August

There is a range of PCS activities in the coming week, including strike action, ballots and training

Show your support for Royal Parks strikers

PCS members working as cleaners and attendants in the Royal Parks for outsourcing company Just Ask Estate Services are in the first week of a 2-week strike.

The strike is over 6 issues, the key ones being possible staffing cuts later this year and winning the same sick pay as staff who are directly employed by the Royal Parks.

Show your support by donating to their strike fund. 

Support DVLA members on a month-long strike

The strike by PCS members in the drivers medical section of the DVLA it is into its third consecutive week of a month of strike action in our ongoing workplace safety dispute.

You can help by:

  • Donating to the strike fund. This fund supports members financially when they are striking and therefore not being paid by their employer. The details are: account name: Fighting Fund Levy. account number: 20331490 sort code: 60-83-01, reference: DVLA
  • Signing the e-action. PCS has an e-action which asks transport secretary Grant Shapps to intervene to keep members safe.
  • Sending a message of solidarity. Write a message of support for striking DVLA workers by emailing responseteam@pcs.org.uk.

OCS members vote to accept pay offer

PCS members working for OCS on the HMCTS security contract have voted to accept the company’s pay offer.

This is a significant win for PCS members who have forced their employer to make concessions and as a result secured an improvement to pay.

Members to vote on MoJ pay offer

The electronic ballot will open on Friday, 20 August and close on Thursday, 9 September.

PCS is recommending that members vote yes to accept the pay offer, which is based on a three year settlement.

Not a member? Join online before Thursday, 2 September to have your say and vote in the ballot. New joiners will automatically be sent an online vote by no later than Wednesday, 7 September.

NATs members vote overwhelmingly for industrial action

The ballot was held in light of worsening industrial relations with management, and the proposal to ‘tear-up’ a long-standing redundancy agreement. PCS negotiators will now meet with management on 17 August armed with this result, to demand the removal of any threats against the redundancy agreement, and also to seek improvements in industrial relations including assurances on pay increases.

Handling Complex Issues - Northern Ireland, Scotland

24 August - 7 September 10am-4pm

This course is aimed at more experienced reps. It focuses on Conduct & Discipline, Bullying/Harassment, Discrimination, Attendance& ‘Efficiency’ issues - and explores ways of collectivising issues (bargaining for better agreements and policies, and the organising and campaigning work needed to support that). You will also look at the deadlines and procedures required to protect any members’ legal position.

Workplace Reps: Essential Building Blocks - Northern Ireland, Scotland

25 August - 29 September 10am-4pm

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.

Developing Your Branch Advocates - Scotland

25 August: 12-1pm

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.

Advocates 1 - North West

25 August: 12-1pm

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 here.

There are spaces on courses in August, including neurodiversity, handling complex issues and advocate training. 

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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