2 September 2021

What's On? 6 September - 12 September

Next week, PCS is running a series of courses for PCS Advocates. If you're looking to get more involved in your union then these are the courses for you. 

PCS reps access Law at Work online

PCS reps can read the Law at Work book on PCS Knowledge. Written and produced by the Labour Research Department (LRD), the book clearly explains the key areas of employment law.

The revised and updated edition of Law at Work, including the latest case law examples, is available to PCS union reps online at PCS Knowledge in PCS Digital.

If you haven’t already you should sign up for PCS Digital. It only takes a few minutes.


Hundreds of agency workers become DWP staff following PCS campaign

A PCS campaign has resulted in 97% of staff employed as agency workers by Brook Street in the Department for Work and Pensions becoming directly employed by the DWP.

Following the DWP’s offer to the staff previously employed by Brook Street we are very pleased to confirm the excellent news that of the 1808 staff on Brook Street contracts, 97% are now employed by DWP.

Our DWP group executive will continue campaigning activity on behalf of fixed-term appointment members while continuing to press DWP to do the right thing and make FTA staff permanent.

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Protest in the Park - Royal Parks cleaners' strike

Royal Parks cleaners working for Just Ask Services marked the end of their second week of strike action with a Protest in the Park.

The cleaners have kept parks open and safe during the pandemic, providing a much-needed public space for everyone during a difficult and isolating period. The same rights as in-house colleagues is the bare minimum these workers should be able to expect from their employer. 

The next stages of the campaign are being discussed. In the meantime, please give what you can via the Crowdfunder.


PCS to ballot DVSA members for strike action over new 8-test schedule

PCS has served notice on the DVSA of the intention to ballot driving examiner and driving test centre manager members for industrial action on the issue of the 8-test schedule.

The ballot will launch on 6 September and run for three weeks, closing at noon on 24 September.  The ballot is statutory and therefore will be postal, with voting packs sent to members’ home addresses. Please check your details are up to date via PCS Digital.


Racism and intolerance: Changing Attitudes in the WorkplaceNorthern, Yorkshire and Humberside regions

7 September: 9am-3pm

There has been a disturbing resurgence – often under the false guise of ‘free speech’ – of overt racism, homophobia, misogyny and other hate. And sadly, some workplaces are not free from the trend of scapegoating the most vulnerable in society. Trade Unions have a central role to play in defending our communities, and in campaigning for fairness and equality. This one day workshop utilises materials developed by the TUC, and anti-racism organisations to; help build your confidence in challenging far-right ideas; help you tackle difficult conversations; and give you practical campaigning tips.


Neurodiversity in the Workplace stage 1 - All regions 

8 - 9 September: 9:30am-4:30pm

Some people are autistic, dyslexic, dyspraxic, ADHD, or another atypical condition. PCS fights for all members - especially those who face disadvantage and discrimination in the workplace, and in wider society. Opportunities need to be widened and support strengthened, not cut back under the excuse of 'austerity'.
Sign up for out two day course and become a PCS Neurodiversity Champion.


Safe Return To Workplaces: An Introduction to Health & Safety - All regions 

9 - 10 September: 9am-12pm

How can ensure that employers are providing a safe working environment as we return to workplaces after a phase of Covid lockdown, furlough, or working from home arrangements?
Many workplaces may have a level of union organisation, but may not have a PCS Health & Safety Rep. What can we do quickly to become aware of legislation that protects workers, and how to assert our rights as union members?
This short course will get you started, and hopefully give you confidence to go on to further PCS Health & Safety training.


Safe Return To Workplaces: An Introduction to Health and SafetyEastern, London and the South East, South West

9-14 September: 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.


Advocates 1 - South West

8 September: 12-1pm

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.


Advocates 1 - North West

9 September: 3pm-4pm

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.


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

Stay informed by updating your details securely online by registering for PCS Digital