Activate issue 4 2017

Welcome back to the latest digital Activate, designed to give PCS activists the latest news and tools to help them organise, campaign and represent their members.

In this edition we’re focusing on key campaigns for PCS: phase two of the pay campaign is turning up the heat on a weakened Tory government; a major legal victory in our fight against cuts to redundancy pay has big implications for members; and a new recruitment target is setting us on track for the future.

There’s an update on successful and ongoing disputes, and we’re helping reps keep up the winning momentum with some tips on lobbying local politicians over the summer and beyond.

Don’t forget that the union’s Strategic Review involves an overhaul of branch structures that we need you and your members to get involved in. Finally, a wide range of autumn training courses for PCS activists – both new or experienced – is available to book.

In this edition:
Keeping up the fight
PCS members and activists have been fighting back and winning. DWP sites have been saved, members have been striking at a Sheffield jobcentre, a planned strike ballot at Met Police was called off after concessions were won, and driving agency staff are being balloted for industrial action.
Don’t give politicians a summer break
The new post-election political landscape means it’s well worth maintaining the pressure on politicians over the summer. Read on for tips and ideas.

Recruitment at core of union’s future
Growing the membership through systematic workplace recruitment campaigns is a core objective for PCS, and we’ve now agreed to a target of 200,000 members by 2020. Find out how some branches are taking on the challenge.

Scrap the pay cap: Keeping up the momentum on pay campaign
PCS will hold a consultative ballot among members hit by the 1% public sector pay cap, to send a clear, united message to the government. We’ll be building towards the ballot with a series of events and activities.

Get involved with PCS training for reps

A wide selection of PCS training courses are now available to book for the autumn term. Hear from reps who have recently completed our courses.

October deadline for branch review
Building our strength by getting more people involved is at the heart of a review of the union’s branch structures that’s now under way. Activists are urged to take part and ensure members are included.


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