23 June 2022

What's On? 27 June - 3 July

The coming week sees PCS offering a number of courses to members up and down the country and a range of activities taking place

PCS members pledge to fight for decent pay as inflation hits 40-year high

The latest inflation figures published by the Office for National Statistics today show that prices are continuing to rise at their fastest rate for more than 40 years as food, energy and fuel costs climb.

UK inflation, the rate at which prices rise, edged up to 9.1% in the 12 months to May, from 9% in April, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

PCS is preparing to ballot members on pay, pensions and redundancy pay in September following a vote at our annual delegate conference last month.

DWP member Georgia says her bills are soaring and she is backing her union’s campaign for decent pay: "My energy bills have soared and I'm seeing prices rising."

How are you affected?

Tell us how the cost-of-living crisis affects you and why you’re prepared to take action on pay. Email editor@pcs.org.uk

Update your PCS details

Members can help get ready for the ballot by logging into PCS Digital and ensuring their details are up to date. If you are not registered it only takes a couple of minutes.


DWP cuts to be raised in parliament

Having helped keep the UK running during the pandemic, DWP has rewarded PCS members by announcing large-scale office closures - 43 are earmarked for closure - which will almost certainly mean job losses.

We are clear that these announcements - following the previous closures under the people and locations programme - will have a devastating impact on the services our members provide and the local communities where the offices are based and are a serious threat to members’ jobs.

What you can do

You can help support our campaign for jobs, services and communities by signing our petition and writing to your MP.

The more people who are in PCS, the stronger we are. Please recruit your colleagues who are not yet PCS members, they can join in minutes online.  


TUC march – we must work together to get pay rise we deserve

Proudly marching at the TUC's We Demand Better demonstration behind the PCS balloon, members held placards reading "pay rise now" and "cut profits not jobs and services" in response to government plans to axe 91,000 civil service jobs and slash 43 DWP offices.

Crowds began marching from Portland Place to Parliament Square in central London to whistles and cheers as a blue flare was set off to mark the start of the march.

TUC research shows workers have lost almost £20,000 since 2008 because pay has not kept pace with ballooning inflation.

The PCS pay claim for 2022 of 10% and a living wage of £15 an hour for all public sector members is aimed at addressing the huge dent in pay under successive Tory governments and as inflation hits a 40-year high.

Complete our pay campaign e-action to email your MP and urge them for action on pay.


PCS warns of high levels of industrial action if government fails to tackle cost-of-living crisis

We will see high levels of industrial action across the public sector unless the government takes decisive action to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka has warned.

Speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News, Mark explained that we would balloting 150,000 civil servants for industrial action on pay and against job cuts in September.

“I think the NEU are talking about balloting in the autumn as well, so I am sure that we will see high levels of industrial action unless the government recognise that frontline public sector workers, who kept the country running during the pandemic, cannot be expected to have a 2% pay rise when inflation is forecast to be over 11%,” he said.

“That is a historic cut in living standards, people cannot afford it, and therefore the government needs to do something about it and if they don’t then I do believe we are in for quite a lot of industrial action.”

Not already a PCS member? Join today. 

Complete our pay campaign e-action to email your MP and urge them for action on pay.


Handling Complex Issues - South West region, London and South East and Eastern

27 June - 11 July: 10am - 4pm

This course is aimed at more experienced reps. It focuses on conduct and discipline, bullying/harassment, discrimination, attendance and ‘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.


Menopause in the Workplace - London and the South East region, South West, Eastern, and Midlands

27June - 4 July: 1:30pm - 4pm

This short course for reps and members has been designed to create greater awareness of the menopause as a workplace issue. It looks at the symptoms women can experience, and helps reps consider various workplace factors that may negatively impact on workers experiencing the menopause, including practices that may put the health and safety of menopausal women at risk and/or may be considered discrimination against workers experiencing the menopause.


Learning Reps - all regions in England

29June - 13 July: 9:30am - 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 3-day course will give you the tools to make a difference on learning in your union branch.


Advocates 2 - Eastern, London and the South East

29 June: 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.


PCS Strike School (London, South East and Eastern)

29 June: 5pm - 7pm

Sessions will last a maximum of 2 hours and will cover planning; overcoming barriers; contacting members; organising tools and tactics.

Facilities time is not available for these sessions – we are discussing how to win an industrial action ballot.


PCS Strike School (Scotland and Northern Ireland)

29 June: 5pm - 7pm

Sessions will last a maximum of 2 hours and will cover planning; overcoming barriers; contacting members; organising tools and tactics.

Facilities time is not available for these sessions – we are discussing how to win an industrial action ballot.


PCS Strike School (North West)

29 June: 5pm - 7pm

Sessions will last a maximum of 2 hours and will cover planning; overcoming barriers; contacting members; organising tools and tactics.
Facilities time is not available for these sessions – we are discussing how to win an industrial action ballot.


PCS Strike School (Scotland and Northern Ireland)

29 June: 5pm - 7pm

Sessions will last a maximum of 2 hours and will cover planning; overcoming barriers; contacting members; organising tools and tactics.

Facilities time is not available for these sessions – we are discussing how to win an industrial action ballot.


PCS Strike School (Yorkshire and Humberside)

29 June: 12pm - 4pm

Sessions will last a maximum of 2 hours and will cover planning; overcoming barriers; contacting members; organising tools and tactics.

Facilities time is not available for these sessions – we are discussing how to win an industrial action ballot.


PCS Strike School (Cymru)

29 June: 6pm - 8pm

Sessions will last a maximum of 2 hours and will cover planning; overcoming barriers; contacting members; organising tools and tactics.

Facilities time is not available for these sessions – we are discussing how to win an industrial action ballot.


PCS Strike School (Yorkshire and Humberside)

30 June: 5pm - 7pm

Sessions will last a maximum of 2 hours and will cover planning; overcoming barriers; contacting members; organising tools and tactics.

Facilities time is not available for these sessions – we are discussing how to win an industrial action ballot.


Health and Safety Reps Part 2 -  London and the South East region, Eastern, and South West

1 July - 15 July: 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 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.


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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

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