Organising

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


Signing up more Advocates is key to building PCS
Increasing the number of Advocates is vital for building higher participation and improving diversity among activists – and we’re aiming to have 10,000 by 2020. Read more


Life as a Union Learning Rep
Union Learning Reps (ULRs) are a valued piece of the PCS jigsaw at work, but the role is sometimes less understood than others. We talk to five ULRs about the role. Read more


Representing Members: ‘Unless you try you don’t stand a chance’
We hear how one rep went about helping a disabled member reach an agreement with an employer who wanted to reduce their sickness absence trigger points. Read more


PCS Academy: Educating and supporting reps key to building our union
PCS is reviewing how it trains reps and members in the skills they need for their union roles, with the new PCS Academy. Read more


Reps of the future: "Without the union, things just stay the same"
CSCS Activate talks to a 24-year-old rep who has been put forward by PCS for a TUC programme that will see 150 new young, mostly female, reps being trained this year as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations. Read more


Help PCS fight racism at national demos
PCS is backing a series of national Stand Up to Racism demonstrations on 17 March. Activists are urged to support it and to use events as a way get members more involved with union activities. Read more


Representing Members: Talk it through with an experienced rep
In the latest of our columns from activists, Davina Camadoo, who works at the DWP in Avon passes on some of the things she’s learned from representing her members. Read more


Organising to win 1: ‘We are patient, disciplined and methodical’
As a union, how do we actively seek out and nurture the most respected grassroots leaders to strengthen our organisation in the workplace?  That was the core question at the heart of an inspirational visit to PCS by union organiser Jane McAlevey. Read more


Organising to win 2: testing the strength of the membership
Jane McAlevey’s main organising focus is on forming ‘high participation’ unions at workplace level. Key to assessing the strength of your membership is to conduct a series of ‘structure tests’, she explains. Read more


HMRC project tackles recruitment head on
An urgent recruitment drive in HMRC is well under way, with the aim of improving membership density and activism in the group. PCS organising officer Laura Bee reports on what they’ve been doing in the Midlands. Read more


Representing members: analysing personal casework
In the first of our regular columns on representing members, personal case lead for the Home Office group, Malcolm Davey, explains how they’ve gathered data on more than 800 personal cases and are using it to bring about improvements and organise. Read more


Young members get active to boost involvement
Activities ranging from social events to specialist talks and yoga sessions were held during November to help recruit young members and apprentices and get them more involved in the union. Read more


Project launched to boost HMRC membership
PCS is pouring resources into improving union membership levels in the HMRC group, with a three-month project that will run until December. Read more


Representing members – we want your stories
Share your success stories, experiences and tips for a new regular Activate column that will deal with the day-to-day issues you face while representing your members. Read more


Use equalities events to increase participation
Black History Month being marked throughout October is an ideal reminder that PCS activists can use events and anniversaries to encourage union participation from members in under-represented groups. Read more


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. Read more


Anti-union law means we must be ‘DD ready’
The new Trade Union Act means it’s more important than ever to ensure members are ready to pay their union subs by direct debit, as check-off could now be removed from other departments and employers. Read more


Guide on recruiting at inductions
Union learning Download our new ‘how to’ guide on recruiting new staff and apprentices. Facilities are available to talk to new starters at their induction meetings - take action on day one! Read more


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


Recruitment success – keep up the good work
We’ve had great success with recruitment to PCS in recent months, thanks in part to reps in some areas using staff induction sessions to sign up groups of new members. Read more


What did the unions ever do for me
A rep explains how the DWP Fylde branch recruited 242 members at induction sessions last year. Read more

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