ADC 2017 news

Thursday, 25 May

Brexit process ‘needs resources’ in civil service

Job cuts must be halted and extra resources made available in the civil service to carry out the work needed to deliver Brexit, conference has resolved.

PCS joins fight for the rights of terminally ill workers

Workers battling terminal illness should have the peace of mind to know that their job is protected and their family’s financial situation secured, conference delegates have agreed.

Full equality for trans people gets conference backing

Legal protection on the grounds of gender identity should replace equality legislation covering gender reassignment only, PCS members have agreed, as part of a wider call to improve equality for transgender people.

PCS moves for a fairer social security system

PCS will continue to campaign against Universal Credit and instead campaign for a social security system which works to end poverty and provide support to members, conference heard this week.

30 year old papers show the Thatcher government targeted union members

PCS will work to establish how far the level of interference by the Tory government went in the 1980s, following the recent release of archive documents, which outline the party’s intention to target and isolate John Macreadie an official of the CPSA (a forerunner of PCS).

PCS affirms its support to Stand up to Racism

Conference today reaffirmed its affiliation to Stand up To Racism in the wake of the sharp rise in race and hate crimes following the Brexit vote. PCS has a proud history of campaigning against racism and fascism.

NEC to work to reinstate scheme to allow unaccompanied refugee children into the UK

Conference voted to carry a motion which will see the NEC lobbying the government to overturn its decision to stop the Dubs Amendment, made earlier this year.

 


Wednesday, 24 May

PCS marks 20th anniversary of restoration of union rights at GCHQ

The 20th anniversary of the restoration of trade union rights at GCHQ was commemorated on the second day of PCS annual conference today (24 May).

Support for banning Sun sales in government buildings

PCS will campaign to ban the sale of the Sun newspaper in all government premises in protest against its conduct over the Hillsborough football disaster, the union has agreed.

Mental health motion passed at conference

Employers are failing staff who suffer from mental health issues, Conference hears.

PCS parliamentary group chair praises union in statement

There was praise for the work of PCS activists from the chair of our parliamentary group in a statement to our union’s conference.

Winning reps announced

Our national organising awards recognising the hard work and dedication of our reps were presented at conference.

Climate Change takes centre stage at conference

Climate change is a working class issue, Conference hears.

Distinguished life membership awards presented

Three DLMs were presented at our annual delegate conference this year.

'Lance the boil' of performance management

Members should keep building on the union’s significant success in defeating discriminatory performance management systems.

Fringe meeting: 'Fighting back under the Trade Union Act'

Trade Union discrimination discussed at Fringe meeting

Fighting fund donations needed to bolster action

The union’s fighting fund, which gives financial support to members taking industrial action, must be publicised more to encourage more members to donate, conference delegates have agreed.

PCS welcomes election policies that benefit members

Members have agreed to welcome the election of candidates whose policies support PCS.


Tuesday, 23 May

Standing ovation for striking EHRC members

Striking members at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) received a standing ovation at the union’s national conference, which condemned the “disgraceful behaviour” of the agency.

Conference debates equal pay strategy

PCS should proactively use the government’s own arguments against it in order to fight for equal pay across the civil service, conference agreed this afternoon.

CSCS changes

PCS should continue to explore legal challenges to cuts to redundancy payments to our members, conference agreed today.

Seize the moment on 8 June says Serwotka

Every PCS member and all those in their communities need to understand “what’s at stake” in the upcoming general election, the union’s general secretary told the opening of annual conference.

PCS conference pays respects to victims of Manchester terror attack

There was a minute’s silence at the start of PCS conference today to remember those killed in the attack at the Manchester Arena last night.

Shadow chancellor pays respects to victims of Manchester terror attack in statement to union’s conference

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who had been due to address PCS conference this afternoon, sent a statement to delegates after the Labour party suspended all campaign activities in light of the attack at the Manchester Arena.

PCS urged to support Justice for Orgreave 

PCS delegates at the Home Office group conference were urged to back the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC).

PCS members in DWP fight for a woman's right to be believed

DWP group conference agreed that PCS members have a right to remove themselves from the 'vicious' process of forcing women to prove they have been raped.

PCS Conference starts with calls for co-ordinated action

The NEC and MoJ Leicester and Rutland lead the call for a co-ordinated campaign to challenge job cuts.

Delegates gather in 'changing times'

PCS president Janice Godrich say that PCS national conference delegates are meeting in 'changing times'.

The campaign to end the pay cap is renewed

PCS agrees to renew the campaign to challenge the governments pay policy.

Conference asks PCS to challenge pension scheme changes

Conference agreed to pursue equality impact assessments to establish whether some members have been unfairly disadvantaged by the enforced change to the Alpha pensions scheme.

Conference fringe meeting: confronting the rise in racism

How to build the build the biggest possible movement against racism was the focus of a fringe meeting at PCS conference.

Conference fringe meeting: organising the future

Unions need to convince young workers they need them as much as they need young workers if they are to persuade them to join, a fringe event heard this evening.


Monday, 22 May

"Dreadful" HMRC cuts condemned

Plans to decimate HMRC under the government’s ’Building Our Future’ office closure and job cuts project were condemned by delegates in a series of debates at their group conference today.

PCS must fight the DWP's "disastrous" policies

DWP group president Fran Heathcote told delegates to their group conference that PCS members must continue to keep up the pressure to reverse the office closures and protect local economies.

Activist Paul McGoay's work honoured with group conference award

"Committed and passionate” PCS activist Paul McGoay, who died in 2015 aged 42, has been honoured by his Home Office colleagues at their group conference.


Conference preview

PCS ADC 17: building our union

Our group and national conferences take place in Brighton from Monday (23 May) to Thursday (24 May) next week, when delegates meet to agree our union's priorities for the next 12 months.

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