Activate Issue 3 2018

In this intensive period of balloting for strike action over pay, everyone’s focus is turned towards getting the vote out and achieving the 50% turnout we need to have a legal mandate for whatever action we all decide to take.

That focus is reflected in this edition of Activate, which is designed to help and encourage our reps and advocates in the hard work they are already doing to get the message out to members.

We also have our regular column on representing members, and an update on the new PCS Plus, which offers an enhanced package of free benefits to members through a new company and one-stop website.

In this edition:

Pay ballot: tell PCS you have voted
After urging members to use their vote, it’s vitally important to convince them to let the union know. This is one of the best ways to ensure we achieve the 50% turnout. Read more

Pay ballot: key dates
Everyone is urged to make a note of the timetable and stick to it, so no member loses out on the opportunity to vote. Read more

Pay ballot: any questions?
Questions put to Mark Serwotka during a Facebook Live event covered strike pay, fixed-term contracts, the pay claim, pay progression, national pay bargaining, and how local parties and campaigns can support us. Read more

Pay ballot: winning the ballot
What you need to know from the branch guide ‘key steps to winning an industrial action ballot’, and what reps took away from our ballot training workshops. Read more

Pay ballot: getting the message across to members
The most important task during the pay ballot period is talking to every member about the significance of their vote. What’s the best way to approach it? Read more

Pay ballot: how we're getting the vote out
Two reps tell us what their branches are doing to engage members, maximise the union’s visibility at work and exceed the required minimum turnout of 50%. Read more

Pay ballot: ‘How I get PCS Advocates on board'
We need PCS advocates now more than ever. Rep Bridget Corcoran has recently recruited more than 20 advocates, many of whom are women. What’s her secret? Read more

Representing members: ‘The important thing is I get results’
DWP rep and disability campion John Cole sets out his tips for taking members’ cases to an employment tribunal. Read more

New free benefits scheme offers more to members
Our new PCS Plus benefits are money-saving for members and their families, making them a really useful part of recruitment and retention in your branches. Read more

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