4 November 2021

What's On? 8 November - 14 November

The coming week sees PCS put on a range of courses and activities available to members up and down the country. 

Young Workers Month 2021

This year PCS is focusing on how the comprehensive spending review  will impact on our young members, both on your mental health and your pocket.

It is well known that financial stress impacts negatively on mental health, young workers are often some of the lowest paid in society.

To get involved, and have your voice heard in PCS it couldn't be easier. Email: Clairem@pcs.org.uk 

Not a member? Join online today.


Join our regional cost of living, pay and pensions campaign meetings

PCS is holding a series of meetings in every region and nation during November.

The briefings will give members the opportunity to hear an update on the civil service pensions and discuss the next stages of our campaign on pay and the rising cost of living. 

We will be launching our pensions robbery calculator and latest campaign e-action at these meetings – these will allow members to see how much they are worse off by and give everyone a chance to raise it with their local MP.  So sign up for your local meeting and come and take part in the debate on how we put pressure on ministers this winter. 

Find the details of your nearest meeting and how to sign up on our events page.


Remember to vote in DVLA ballot

The statutory ballot for industrial action over safety at the DVLA closes on 10 November.

It is very important that all DVLA members vote in this ballot because of the trade union laws which mean we must have a 50% turnout.

We need to send a very strong message to the DVLA that it needs to negotiate with us to improve health and safety to keep you and your families safe.


Union leaders write to leaders of the COP26 nations

The letter, signed by 14 general secretaries, asks them to listen to workers’ voices on climate issues.

The general secretaries of PCS, Unite, FBU, the NEU and ten other unions have written to the leaders of the COP26 nations.

The letter points out that “Workers keep our economies going. Without workers, there will be no transition to the economy we need for the future.

Trade unions are mobilising to protest around COP26. On Saturday, 6 November, for the global day of action for climate justice, there will be demonstrations, marches and protests at locations across the UK. See our events page for details of an event near you.

Read more about why climate change is a trade union issue.


Welcome to PCSMidlands

8 November - 15 November: 10am -1pm

This course is aimed at members who are new to the union and interested in getting involved in union activity. This introductory course taking place over 2 mornings 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


Advocates 1 - Cymru/Wales and the South West

9 November: 6pm -7pm

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.


Workplace Reps: Essential Building BlocksNorthern Ireland

10 November - 15 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.


BullyingNorth West, Northern, Yorkshire and Humberside and Midlands

11 November - 18 November: 10am - 12:30pm

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.


Register with PCS Digital to book yourself on a 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