28 January 2022

What's On? 31 January - 6 February

As we head into February, PCS is holding a series of introductory courses on a range of topics, as well as pay and pensions rallies ahead of our ballot from 14 February to 21 March.

PCS balloting members in Atos over pay

PCS is in dispute with Atos over its refusal to meet our claim for a consolidated 5% increase, £1,300 underpin for the lowest paid, plus a £600 one off payment in recognition of the contribution of our members throughout the pandemic (most of them were classed as “key workers” and have been in the office throughout).

Reps have set up a WhatsApp group that will be reporting straight to members throughout the dispute. If you wish to be included in the group, please contact your local rep.

The ballot closes on 7 February and PCS urges all members to vote YES for strike action and YES for action short of a strike.

Not yet a PCS member? Join online today.


Pay and pensions rallies – come along to have your say

In advance of the national consultative ballot which starts on Monday 14 February, PCS is holding a series of online rallies in virtual venues across the UK. Details of the rallies can be found on our events pages.

Sign up for one of the online rallies, pick the date and time that suits you best.

Get involved in the most important campaign of the year.

Not yet a PCS member? Join online today.


The future for thousands of HMRC staff secured following campaigning by PCS

HMRC has announced plans for a new regional centre in Portsmouth and confirmed the second phase of Glasgow Regional Centre will remain at East Kilbride.

PCS HMRC group president Lorna Merry said: “It's excellent news that Portsmouth will be a long-term strategic location for HMRC, and members can stay there and build their careers. Also staying in East Kilbride will represent value for money for the taxpayer – and provide long-term security for our members and the town."


PCS to brief MPs during British Council ballot

PCS is currently balloting British Council members across the globe for industrial action over our demands of no compulsory redundancies, no further privatisation of jobs and a fair, open and transparent approach to negotiations. 

To support our industrial campaign, we are also stepping up our political campaigning. We will be holding a briefing for MPs on Wednesday 9 February from 4-5pm. 

If you are a PCS member in British Council you can email your MP to invite them to the parliamentary briefing on 9 February.  

If you work for British Council, but are not a member of PCS, you can join PCS online.  

Anyone who wants to support the campaign can do so by emailing the foreign secretary Liz Truss to urge her to intervene to stop the reckless cuts.  


Workplace Reps: Essential Building Blocks - North West

31 January - 14 March: 9:30am - 4pm

This course is aimed at newly-appointed reps and union advocates. It will give you the skills and knowledge to effectively represent your members, covering organising, campaigning, negotiating, equality, and more. The course covers essential approaches and techniques that underpin effective organising and bargaining set in the context of the contemporary trade union movement. This includes the role of the union rep in building the strength of the union, communications, effective negotiations and planning.


Health and Safety Reps Part 1 - Cymru/Wales

1 February - 15 February: 9:30am - 3:30pm

Everyone has the right to a safe workplace. Every employer has a duty not to make us ill as a result of going to work. Trade unions have worked hard to deliver the comprehensive health and safety legislation that the UK workforce enjoys. However governments and employers try to undermine the gains we’ve made. This course will help you mount campaigns to ensure PCS members have protection from stress-inducing, presenteeism-fixated employers through a strong, well organised union.


Health and Safety Reps Part 1 

1 February - 15 February: 10am - 4pm

Everyone has the right to a safe workplace. Every employer has a duty not to make us ill as a result of going to work. Trade unions have worked hard to deliver the comprehensive health and safety legislation that the UK workforce enjoys. However governments and employers try to undermine the gains we’ve made. This course will help you mount campaigns to ensure PCS members have protection from stress-inducing, presentee-ism fixated employers…through a strong, well organised union.


Advocates 3: AGM and Conference - Getting Involved - Northern, Yorkshire and Humberside

1 February: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.


Developing Your Branch Advocates - Eastern, London and the South East

3 February: 12pm -1pm

The aim of this session is to inform reps, including Branch and Group Officers, about the role of the Advocate, and give them some guidance and tips on what they can do to support advocates, and how utilising advocates effectively can build the union.


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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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