25 November 2021

What's On? 29 November - 5 December

As we head into December, PCS is holding courses on a range of topics, from handling complex issues to tackling bullying, there’s plenty to get involved with.

On payday get involved in the PCS national campaign

Our members are feeling the pinch more than ever as the cost-of-living crisis deepens, on payday we want them to get involved in our campaign to raise pay, pensions and living standards.

Now we need to campaign. We’re talking to representatives of other public sector unions, representing nurses, teachers and council workers, because they face the same massive cuts in living standards. And we’re hoping to build a broad campaign across all unions to defend members’ living standards and ensure they get decent pay rises and pensions. But in PCS we have to ensure that we start that campaign now.

Use the new PCS pensions loss calculator, which will show how much you have overpaid for your pension this month and then share your loss on social media on payday. You should also input your loss into our editable graphic, and use our e-action to share what you have lost with their MP.

We are also holding national pensions seminars from 12.30-2pm on Tuesday (30) and 6-7.30pm on Thursday. 


Oppose DWP plans to force staff back to workplaces in Scotland

The Department for Work and Pensions is trying to force thousands of staff back into workplaces and we need you to contact your MP or MSP to help us oppose it.

We believe it is irresponsible for DWP to do this as scientists are clear that Covid-19 still poses a very serious public health risk.

We want PCS members in DWP to contact their local MP and/or MSP if they feel the DWP plans are placing them at risk and if they agree with us that it contravenes Scottish Government guidelines. Use the draft letter but explain in your own words how the situation affects you.


Challenge bullying – attend PCS training beginning 30 November

There are still places on the PCS bullying training course, held on Tuesday 30 November and 7 December (1pm to 4pm both days).

The PCS bullying course is open to reps in all PCS regions and nations (and to members interesting in getting active in the union). It will help you define bullying behaviours and explain how PCS reps can support members who complain of bullying. You will look at how union branches can work to secure effective agreements – and campaign for a working environment in which bullying is not tolerated.

To apply for the course starting on 30 November, simply click on this online registration link: Bullying (login to PCS Digital required) 


PCS keeps up pressure for permanent staff in DWP

Before the start of the Covid pandemic, PCS had lodged a claim with DWP for 20,000 more staff. For the first time ever DWP’s total staffing figure had dipped below 80,000, and members in all areas were beginning to feel the pressure. 

PCS reported back in June that, through our campaigning, we persuaded the DWP to offer all staff employed as agency workers on Brook Street contracts direct employment with DWP. Over 97% of those engaged through Brook Street took up the offer of a direct temporary contract with DWP.

We anticipate a further meeting with DWP shortly and will keep members updated.


Handling Complex IssuesMidlands, Yorkshire & Humberside, North West, Northern, plus Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

29 November - 13 December: 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 & campaigning work needed to support that). You will also look at the deadlines and procedures required to protect any members’ legal position.


Advocates 1 - Midlands

29 November: 12pm - 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.


Bullying - All regions and nations

30 November - 7 December: 1pm - 4pm

PCS demands that our members have the right to be treated with dignity and respect in a working environment free from bullying, harassment or discrimination. This course helps you define bullying behaviours and outlines how PCS reps can help individual members who complain of bullying. It then looks at how branches can work to secure effective agreements and campaign for a working environment in which bullying is not tolerated.


Handling Complex Issues - Eastern, London and the South East, South West, Northern; North West; ; South West; Yorkshire & Humberside regions; Northern Ireland; Scotland and Wales

1 December -  November - 15 December: 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 & campaigning work needed to support that). You will also look at the deadlines and procedures required to protect any members’ legal position.


Health and Safety Reps Part 2North West

2 December -  November - 16 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 and safety rep. Does your employer carry out proper Risk Assessments? Do they provide appropriate staff training? Do they adhere to adequate policies and prcoedures? 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.

Disability History Month seminar on disability discrimination cases

2 December - 12-1.30pm

Speakers include:

  • Angela Grant, NEC member on NDMF
  • Austin Harney, Ministry of Justice and NEC member on NDMF and TUC disabled workers' committee officer.

 


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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