20 January 2022

What's on? 24 January - 30 January

In the coming week PCS is running a series of courses for PCS Advocates. If you're looking to get more involved in your union then these are the courses for you. 

Learn how to enforce our health and safety rights 

Trade unions have worked hard over many years to secure the comprehensive health and safety legislation that protects us as workers. However employers often try to water down or ignore our rights on safety – and hope we are not aware of what we can do about it. The key to enforcing and defending these rights is being organised as a union. To do that we need health and safety reps in every workplace.

Getting started is simple: sign up for the 3-day PCS Health and Safety Reps Part One course. The training will help you mount campaigns to ensure PCS members have protection from stress-inducing, presenteeism fixated employers, never more important than in the current pandemic-conditions; and find out how to ensure workers are safe when they do need to be in the workplace.

All PCS regions and nations - Register online (login to PCS Digital required)

For health and safety training in Scotland PCS members should apply for Scotland TUC courses

If you have any queries about PCS courses, please contact us at tuedacademy@pcs.org.uk.


PCS Scotland campaign for a 4-day week

In April 2020, PCS worked with think-tank Autonomy to conduct research into the feasibility and desirability of the 4-day week across different job roles and shift patterns in the Scottish Government. The research demonstrated that 84% of workers believed their work processes could be adapted to suit a 4-day week.

Over the next few months, PCS Scotland will be progressing this campaign. Look out for communications about this by email and speak to your workplace rep if you are interested in getting involved.

You can find their details by logging into PCS Digital.


PCS lodges national pay claim ahead of national ballot 14 February to 21 March

Throughout the Covid crisis, the government has rightly heaped praise on workers in the civil service and its related areas as heroes in recognition of their delivery of essential public services in extremely difficult circumstances. 

If the government is not prepared to act to tackle the cost-of-living crisis for its own workers, then we must look at what action members are prepared to take. We are therefore running a national ballot for all our public sector members from 14 February to 21 March.

In preparation for the ballot, we need members to:


British Council staff to be balloted for strike action

The ballot opens next Friday (21) and runs until 25 February.

British Council management have failed to rule out compulsory redundancies or outsourcing parts of the operation to the private sector.

This despite the fact PCS members returned an 80% yes vote on a huge turnout, following a consultative ballot, last year, for industrial action.

If you are a PCS member at the British Council, please check that your address is recorded correctly on PCS digital and please ensure that you return your ballot paper when it arrives. 

We need every PCS member to have their say and vote.

If you aren’t a PCS member, you can still join and have a ballot paper sent to you. Please contact helenf@pcs.org.uk for more information.


Welcome to PCS - Eastern, London and the South East

18 January: 10:30am - 12pm

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


Sexual Harassment -  Eastern, Midlands, North West, Northern, South West, Yorkshire and Humberside, plus Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland 

25 January: 10am - 4pm

This short course is aimed at PCS reps (and also open to non-union reps where spaces are available) and will cover: Why sexual harassment is a trade union issue; The law and sexual harassment; supporting members affected by sexual harassment issues; developing workplace policies and practices; challenging workplace cultures which tolerate harassment; .Organising around equality: and promoting the role of harassment champions.

Reps who complete this course may also be interested in delivering a ‘bite-sized’ one-hour version of this session in their workplace (to fellow reps and PCS members), which your tutor will summarise.


Learning Reps - Northern Ireland, Scotland

25 January - 9 February: 10am -4pm

Union Learning Reps (ULRs) play a huge role in helping members gain the learning and development opportunities they need. Whether it’s promoting relevant external or employer-run courses, advising apprentices about their rights, or helping to arrange support and training in the workplace, this 5-day course will give you the tools to make a difference on learning in your union branch.


Advocates 1 - Northern Ireland, Scotland

26 January: 12pm -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.


Advocates 3: AGM and conference - North West

26 January : 2pm - 3pm

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 - London and the South East

27 January : 12pm - 1pm

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 1 - Midlands

27 January: 4pm -5pm

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 1 - Eastern, London and the South East

27 January: 6pm -7pm

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