19 May 2022

What's On? 23 May - 29 May

It's a busy time for PCS activists with our annual conference next week - members can watch a live stream - an important fringe meeting discussing how we fight and win on pay on Monday and preparing for the TUC march in London on 18 June.

Join the TUC rally on 18 June

Our members face an employer who refuses to give them the pay rise they deserve or pay back the pensions overpayments they are owed and plans to cut their redundancy terms all whilst bills continue to rise.

Now is the time to make them listen and join with trade union members across the country to demand better.

We are encouraging PCS members from across the UK to join the TUC organised march and rally in London on Saturday 18 June. You can find out more and download materials to encourage members in your workplace to join you in London on the TUC website.

Meet the PCS contingent at 11am at Portland Place to march to Parliament Square and rally to demand better.

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

Support for Insolvency Service campaign

Over 100 members in the Insolvency Service (INSS) attended a meeting last week on the proposals to close 10 INSS offices. Members were upset and angered by the announcement and agreed fully with the PCS position of opposing all office closures. These closures will have major consequences for all staff and members are concerned about future service levels and workloads, as well as the possibility of redundancies and forced relocations.

PCS reps are dealing with specific issues and questions raised by members and raising matters with management at regular meetings.

 The PCS campaign has had significant press coverage in both national and regional publications. We will continue to set out our opposition and fight for the offices to remain open.

 Ask your local MP to support our campaign to stop these damaging closures and redundancies in the Insolvency Service by emailing them using our e-action today.

Conference to debate emergency motion on strike action over cuts

Our national executive committee today submitted an emergency motion to next week’s annual delegate conference proposing a campaign to defend members’ jobs, which would including taking industrial action when appropriate.

PCS set out its stall to protect the civil service by demanding the government fully consults with union officials about its plans, vowing to fight any compulsory redundancies and any attempts to privatise or outsource jobs, and reiterating the call for investment not cuts.

Take action

Want to fight job cuts and campaign for better pay? Join PCS today.

If you are a member, get active in your union. Your first steps are signing up to go to our national conference in Brighton from 24-26 May and joining the TUC march in London on 18 June to call for a real pay rise.

Complete our campaign action to email your MP – which includes a model email which you can amend with extra information in your own words if you wish

PCS calls on government to rethink mass cuts which will worsen UK lives

PCS letters sent this week to minister for the Cabinet Office, Steve Barclay, and Cabinet Office permanent secretary Alex Chisholm, set out how the proposals to axe 91,000 jobs over 3 years, revealed by prime minister Boris Johnson in the media on Friday, would repeat terrible mistakes of the past. Mark wrote that “when mass job cuts have been announced and executed the consequences have been disastrous for public services in this country.”

He said that the cuts would be “seriously damaging to services to the public at a time when those services are struggling to cope with the demands of the pandemic and Brexit, as well as an economic downturn.” And described promises by the government to “build back better” after Covid as worthless.

Mark said making the announcement in the media displayed a “disgraceful lack of respect for civil servants.”

“It is a further example of the appalling treatment by the government of its own workforce when added to the derisory 2% pay increase at a time when many are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis,” he stated.

Join in the Fringe events at ADC

As part of this year’s annual delegate conference we are hosting a range of Fringe events.

Annual delegate conference 2022 begins at 2pm on Tuesday 24 May and closes at lunchtime on Thursday 26 May.  There is still time to register if you wish to attend.

During conference we will be holding eight Fringe events in the early evening and during lunchtime breaks.

The first event on 23 May, Pay and Pensions: how we fight and win will also be available on Facebook Live, but the remaining events will be for delegates attending conference in person.

PCS launches hybrid working survey in Ofsted

Today (17) PCS is launching a survey for all members in Ofsted. The survey is to gain key information from our members with regard to the changes to hybrid working in Ofsted. The results of the survey will go on to inform our next steps in the ongoing dispute with Ofsted over the hybrid working policy. We will use this survey as a key indicator of whether to reballot members for industrial action at Ofsted, so it is crucial that you fill it in.

It is for this reason that PCS is coming back to you for your views on where we go next. The survey will close on Wednesday 25 May and the results will be shared with members shortly thereafter.

The online survey takes just 3 minutes to complete.

Please speak to your fellow PCS members and encourage them to complete the survey too. We need to hear from as many members as possible on this important issue.

Watch a live stream of PCS conference

PCS delegates will be in Brighton next week for our annual delegate conference, but if you are a member and can’t be there in person, you can log into PCS Digital and watch a live stream of the debates.

To access the live stream you need to have an account for PCS Digital. If you do not have an account it is easy to register.

Once you are logged into PCS Digital you will be able to click on a link in the top navigation to access the livestream, under the Conference navigation item. There will also be a direct link to the live stream page on the homepage of PCS Digital via an announcement box.

If you have any problems accessing the livestream or registering with PCS Digital, please email crmsupport@pcs.org.uk 

Update: TUC town hall meetings - find your local event

Unions and communities demand an urgent response to the cost-of-living crisis. Join your local TUC town hall and find out more about how you can get involved in campaigning for better a deal.

In the lead-up to the TUC national demonstration in London on 18 June, the TUC is hosting a series of public, town hall meetings across the country, including a Stoke Demands Better Event where PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka is speaking. 

These meetings will be addressed by speakers from across our movement, and will address the question of how we can build power in our workplaces and our communities to challenge the cost-of-living crisis. Public sector workers, like you, have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to deliver for our communities. You deserve a pay rise, and more. 

To find out more about events happening in your area, check out the TUC calendar. 

Trainee Delegates

24 - 26 May: 1pm

If you are interested in attending PCS Annual Conference for the first time, but are not part of your branch’s delegation, you can seek nomination (from your branch AGM) for a place on the trainee delegate programme. You will spend the 2 days of the conference with other trainees learning the rules and terminology of union conferences, meet some of the senior PCS lay officers, understand how motions are constructed, and have a practise at public speaking within a small group to build your confidence and hopefully come back to ADC next year as a full delegate and speak in the big hall.

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

Stay informed by updating your details securely online by registering for PCS Digital