26 May 2022

What's On? 30 May - 5 June

As we head into June, PCS has a number of great events coming up over the next fortnight, including becoming a union learning rep course and training for both new union reps and new union advocates.

Why we are joining the TUC demo on 18 June

PCS members will be joining hundreds of thousands of other workers on the demo to demand that the government takes action over the cost-of-living crisis and to oppose the massive civil service job cuts.

Tell us why you are joining the demo, email editor@pcs.org.uk

March and rally details

The PCS bloc will meet at 11am at Portland Place to march at noon to Parliament Square for a rally due to start at 1pm.

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

For any PCS member wishing to attend, transport is available. For more information on transport available in your area, please contact your respective PCS Regional or National Office using the details below.


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.


PCS conference backs plans for possible strike action against cuts

Delegates online and in Brighton debated the emergency motion A214 on the final morning of conference (26), proposed by Martin Cavanagh on behalf of our national executive, which set out a campaign to defend members’ jobs in the face of the plans to cut 1 in 5 civil service jobs, and would include taking industrial action when appropriate.

Fighting the cuts

We have set out our 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 step if you are able is 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 to campaign for flexible working rights for carers

Under UK law, employers are required to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people - but not for those who care for them. 

Those with caring responsibilities often want to work more than they are able to, but a lack of flexibility with working hours among other things means they cannot do so. 

The motion called for the NEC to campaign and negotiate for:

• A civil service-wide carers' policy which grants the right to reasonable adjustments and flexible working above the mere “right to request” granted by the law. 

• An equivalent policy for outsourced workers across government. 

• A change in the law which protects people from indirect discrimination as well as direct discrimination and harassment if they are associated with a disabled person and which gives them the rights to reasonable adjustments as part of that change.

The motion was overwhelmingly carried.


PCS to campaign for flexible working rights for carers

PCS should negotiate and campaign for flexible working rights for carers, conference agreed on Tuesday. 

Under UK law, employers are required to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people - but not for those who care for them. 

Those with caring responsibilities often want to work more than they are able to, but a lack of flexibility with working hours among other things means they cannot do so. 


Fringe: fight brutal cuts and come out stronger

Hundreds of PCS conference delegates attended the meeting in Brighton last night, also shown live on Facebook. And the venue had to be changed to the main auditorium because of the demand to hear a panel chaired by PCS President Fran Heathcote and speakers PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka, Jeremy Corbyn MP and UCU General Secretary Jo Grady.

PCS members can watch conference Live from 2pm by logging into PCS Digital.

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 and join the TUC march in London on 18 June to call for a real pay rise and to oppose the cuts.

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.


Survey reflects worries about the future of DWP staff facing closures

DWP has announced it plans to close more than 40 offices across England and Scotland, including processing functions at Clarendon House, Exeter.

These plans are putting thousands of jobs at risk. PCS members using a survey to gather information about how their co-workers feel about the proposed closure and what they would be prepared to do about it.

The staff who responded to the survey are employed in a variety of roles including in counter-fraud compliance and debt, social fund and Universal Credit, and said they would be prepared to campaign to save their jobs. They say the department should reverse the decision and offer alternatives, including home working and modernising their office.

Send a message of support to the group by emailing dwp@pcs.org.uk

How you can support our campaign


Become a union learning rep

Places are still available on the upcoming ULRs training course, open to all English regions, starting on 29 June.

Union learning reps, like union health and safety reps, have specific protected rights and duties in the UK workplace. They play a vital role in employers in all areas of the economy, in private and public sectors.

In England the government pulled away from funding unions directly in 2021. However, in many unions, including PCS that budget cut has, paradoxically, coincided with a resurgence in interest in the great value Learning Reps can provide to the trade union movement. ULRs aren’t going away.

How do I become a ULR?

There is an upcoming PCS Union Learning Reps course (29 June, 6 and 13 July) run by our partners at Newcastle College, and it is open to members throughout England.

This 3-day virtual (Zoom) course will give you all of the tools to make a difference on learning in your union branch.

Online registration via this link: Learning Reps (login to PCS Digital required).

The deadline to apply is 22 June. 


Welcome to PCS - Cymru/Wales and the South West

1 - 8 June: 10am - 12:30pm

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


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

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