3 February 2022

What's On? 7 February - 13 February

Next week, preparing for our national ballot which opens on 14 February is a priority for many reps and members. There is also a series of courses for PCS Advocates. If you want to get more involved in your union then these are the courses for you.

Facebook live ballot launch 14 February

Many of our public sector members are facing severe hardship because of the cost-of-living crisis, compounded by a pay freeze and cap that means the average PCS member is £2,300 a year worse off since 2011.

On top of this, the government acted unlawfully yet refuses to refund the money members have overpaid in pension contributions meaning they are £500 a year worse off on average.

 

To recognise this great work we have submitted our pay claim for 2022, which includes a 10% cost-of-living pay rise.

We are holding a national consultative ballot for all our public sector members from 14 February to 21 March. The ballot will ask members whether they support our campaign demands and whether you would be prepared to take industrial action if those demands are not met. 

This is not a strike ballot. It will ask members what action they would be prepared to take. A statutory industrial action ballot might follow later.

To coincide with the launch of the ballot we are holding a Facebook live event at 6pm, on 14 February, hosted by PCS President Fran Heathcote and featuring our general secretary Mark Serwotka.

Head over to our Facebook page, give us a like to ensure you get all our updates, and come and listen to Mark explain why it is critical all members included in the ballot should vote and ask him your questions. You can send questions in advance to editor@pcs.org.uk


Register for PCS conference

Registration for this year’s annual delegate conference will goes live on Monday (7 February).

Annual delegate conference (ADC) 2022 will begin on Tuesday 24 May and close at lunchtime on Thursday 26 May.

The 2022 ADC and group conferences will be physical conferences in Brighton, although we are making contingency plans in case full physical conferences are not possible because of the pandemic.

The physical conference will include speakers and voting from the conference floor. In addition, speaking and voting procedures will be open to delegates attending online.


PCS forum for civil service apprentices - Thursday 10 February

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2022, we are holding an online forum for apprentices.

The event at lunchtime on Thursday 10 February is to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week 2022, which runs from 7-13 February.

The forum aims to provide apprentices with advice, information, resources. Read more details and how to register on our events page.

Non members welcome. We will encourage you to join PCS - the union for civil service apprentices. You can join online.


Advocates 1 

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

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 - Eastern, London and the South East

10 February: 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.


Racism and Intolerance: Changing Attitudes in the Workplace - Northern, Yorkshire and Humberside, Midlands, North West, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

10 February - 17 February: 1pm - 4pm

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.


 

Advocates 1 - Cymru/Wales and the South West

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

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.


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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