Activate Issue 2 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 look at the next stage of the pay campaign, which is being stepped up following the Treasury’s rejection of our submission to have the 1% pay cap lifted. The resistance on jobs cuts and office closures has been continuing, including a brilliantly attended parliamentary lobby over plans to shut down more than 100 DWP offices.

We also examine one of our major priorities for the next year – apprentices. Recruitment, rights protection, direct support with training and encouragement to become active in the union are all part of the picture.

And there’s some key information on dealing with members’ personal cases within the strict rules for lodging Employment Tribunal claims within three months.

Included in this edition:


DWP event shows benefits of lobbying
DWP A mass lobby of parliament by the union’s DWP group helped pile the pressure on over plans for large-scale office closures across the department. What does lobbying involve? See our brief guide.


Union Learning key to apprenticeships strategy
Union learning How the PCS’s learning agenda, combined with a new deal with the Cabinet Office, can help civil service apprentices and the union. Read more

Safeguarding the future: recruiting apprentices
With around 30,000 apprentices being taken on by the civil service, reps are urged to recruit them, support them through their training and encourage them to become active in the union. Read more

Organising to build the union
PCS has turned a corner recently. Our draft organising strategy – which branches are urged to discuss ahead of conference – outlines our objectives as we strive to keep building the union in both the public and commercial sector. Read more


Pay campaign steps up
Pay campaign The union’s pay campaign is being stepped up a gear after the Treasury rejected our submission to have the 1% pay cap lifted. What’s next?


Personal cases: don’t miss the three-month deadline
Personal cases 3 month deadline Cases being dealt with on behalf of PCS members sometimes fall foul of the strict rules for getting employment tribunal claims lodged within the three-month legal deadline. Read on for the key points to remember.

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