Activate Magazine

The key word is ‘organise’ in this edition.

With 2020 in sight, we’ve got our eyes on a couple of major targets in our Building, Growing, Winning strategy – to reach 200,000 members and 10,000 PCS Advocates by the end of next year.

With that in mind, we’ve launched a new monthly bulletin and some new training courses to support our advocates and create the momentum for more to come on board. We’re also helping reps bring on the next generation of PCS activists in their workplaces with a new course on successful mentoring.

The new organising app was at the centre of HMRC Ealing branch’s successful re-ballot for strike action over their office closure.

And when it comes to organising on a wider scale, it won’t have escaped your notice that there’s a general election on 12 December. The outcome will have a direct impact on PCS members, so all activists are encouraged to take part in a trade union day of action in England and Wales on Tuesday 10 December.

In this edition:

Whatever the government, we need a participation revolution in PCS
Mark Serwotka: We need to be prepared to build a winning union, whoever wins the general election, by shifting our centre of gravity and sparking a participation revolution.

New monthly bulletin supports Advocates’ vital PCS work
A new monthly e-newsletter designed to support PCS Advocates with carrying out their vital union role is launched, containing different levels of activity they can take part in.

‘I became a PCS Advocate to get involved in equality issues’
Member Marianne McKenna was attending a PCS National Disabled Members’ Network seminar when she was approached about becoming a PCS Advocate – and signed up on the spot. She explains why.

HMRC Ealing strikes: ‘The branch app gives us an instant snapshot’
Branch chair Lydia Ndoinjeh talks about their workplace campaign and how the new branch app has been making it easier to organise members and keep track.

Mentor new activists to keep PCS strong – now and in the future
Our reps work extraordinarily hard, but it’s important to remember you can’t do everything. PCS Academy adds to its ‘bitesize’ training on how to mentor the next wave of activists with a new one-day course, Mentoring New Reps.

Leadership, resistance and culture: celebrating Disability History Month
Is your branch doing something for Disability History Month, which runs until 22 December? As part of our equalities agenda, PCS encourages activists to use national and international awareness days/ weeks/months to organise their own branch-level activities.

Final days of general election campaign pivotal for members
The outcome of the UK general election will have a direct impact on PCS members. Activists are encouraged to take part in the trade union day of action in England and Wales on Tuesday 10 December.

Representing members: dismissal reversed in endometriosis case
A PCS rep describes a case in which he successfully argued that a member suffering from suspected endometriosis, who was dismissed from her job due to sickness absences, should be reinstated.


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