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.
The events marked Young Members Month, which is held annually across the trade union movement and backed by the TUC. Referred to as Young Workers Month by the TUC, the 2017 focus was campaigning for quality apprenticeships and highlighting young workers making a change in the workplace.
PCS young members organiser Julie Young said it was “so important to get a new layer of activists involved in PCS, for the present and the future”.
“Following on from the pay ballot and the work we did around that, a lot of young members have come forward to help out and get more involved. The apprentices' agreement is one of the best negotiated by PCS, offering real protection to these vulnerable workers."
In Newcastle young members from DWP, alongside PCS Northern region, ran a well-received event for apprentices, young members and union learning reps, attended by around 40 members. Four non-members came along and all joined up during the event, with one expressing interest in becoming a rep.
The event theme was ‘apprentices – know your rights’ and included a TUC speaker on young workers, an ARMS talk on pensions and planning for the future, and a guest from the police commissioner's office addressing the issue of domestic violence. There was also a discussion on action planning and getting involved in PCS, and a session on relaxation techniques and yoga.
Two new young members convenors from Yorkshire and Humberside, Livvi Bach and Nicole Wells, organised an event for young members in Doncaster at which four new advocates were recruited and six people signed up to the young members' network.
Members in Wales held a PCS young members social at The Big Top circus-tent-themed venue in Cardiff. Nearly 30 came along and a quiz was held, followed by a raffle that raised £50 for the PCS Fighting Fund.
Also in November, young members helped PCS colleagues in the Welsh Government group talk to young members as part of Trade Union Week. YM convenor Rhea James and PCS organising officer Nathan Edgeworth helped reps in Llandudno with promoting taster learning events and talking to existing and potential members. Similar support work was carried out with colleagues at the Welsh Government Cathays office, in Cardiff.
Meanwhile in Liverpool a young members event was hosted in a venue in the Liverpool ONE complex, including a quiz.
Any PCS member aged 27 and under can join the young members’ network.
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