30 September 2021

What's On? 4 October - 10 October

The coming week sees PCS offer a number of courses to members up and down the country and a range of activities taking place, including our strike in the Royal Parks.

 

MPs show their support for Royal Parks dispute

Following discussions at the most recent meeting of the PCS Parliamentary Group, several MPs have signed their name to an Early Day Motion supporting PCS members embarking on further strike action throughout the month of October in their fight for equality, job security and fair terms and conditions.

Members employed by Just Ask Estate Services Ltd as cleaners and playground attendants at the eight Royal Parks in London walked out on 1 October, holding a rally at St James Park to launch this next phase of action which lasts for the whole month.


The fight for union rights at GCHQ  - Online      

5 October: 7pm-8pm

As part of the Tolpuddle Radical History School, this event will hear from those  involved in the long campaign to restore union rights and reinstate the sacked workers at GCHQ.

The reunion type discussion event will be live-streamed from Cheltenham. It will be hosted by Hannah David, SWTUC chair and PCS national executive member and we will hear from those involved in the long campaign to restore union rights and reinstate the sacked workers at GCHQ.


CPS PCS members' meetings 

PCS is holding members' meetings for Crown Prosecution Service members to discuss excess flexi credits/deficits and plans for returns to the workplace for those working remotely.

The meetings will be held on 12, 13, 20 and 21 October. You will only need to attend one meeting. There is no need to register for the meetings which will be held via teams. To join, click the link for the meeting you wish to join.


Workplace Reps: Essential Building Blocks - South West, London & South-East and Eastern

4 October - 15 November: 10am-5pm

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.

Course requirements: Participants are required to currently or prospectively have organising and representational responsibilities as part of their duties.


Learning Reps - Northern Ireland, Scotland

4 October - 4 November: 10am -3:45pm

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!


Welcome to PCS - Eastern, London and the South East

5 October - 12 October: 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 two-day 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


Organising and Industrial Relations

6 October - 20 October: 10am -4pm

The ability of the union to win on industrial relations issues that matter to members is dependent on our strength in the workplace. That strength is best gauged by how “organised” the union is locally.

Organising is not just about how many members we have; How many members are actively involved in the union? Are reps and advocates trained and confident in all relevant aspects of their industrial actions duties? Do we know which parts of our branch are strong or weak? Do we know which issues matter most for members? How do we get our union messages across, and consult members on collective negotiations? Are our union structures adequately reflecting the developing needs of the workforce we represent? How do we overcome objections and obstacles to getting organised?


Introduction to Equality - Cymru/Wales

6 October - 20 October: 10am -4pm

Why is it important that we tackle ‘under-representation’? Why is it important for union reps
to be equalities aware? This session explores why is it important for the union to lead the way on
equalities if we are going to win on other issues, and will give you a basic understanding of the 'protected characteristics', key concepts such as discrimination, and The Equality Act


Bullying - Northern Ireland, Scotland

7 October: 10am -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.


Health and Safety Reps Part 1North West

7 October - 21 October: 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.


Workplace Reps: Essential Building Blocks

9 October - 20 November: 10am -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.

Course requirements: Participants are required to currently or prospectively have organising and representational responsibilities as part of their duties.


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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