Fringe meetings at ADC 2017

PCS is hosting a variety of fringe meetings at our annual delegate conference in Brighton this year

Tuesday, 23 May

12.30-1.30pm

Meet the PCS digital projects team

PCS is in the process of replacing its IT systems with integrated digital solutions. This is an opportunity to find out more about PCS’s digital projects. Tell us what you want technology to help you with; how you think digital can help you organise and represent your members.

Where: Brighton Centre meeting room 6


5.30pm

Organising the next generation: Young members and apprentices in PCS

30,000 apprentices will enter the civil service during the course of the next four years. Most of these new entrants will be young and in their first job. At the same time young people are underrepresented at activist level and are less likely to be PCS members than older workers. This fringe addresses the tactics and challenges of recruiting and organising young workers and apprentices and how this fits with the union’s learning agenda.

Where: Brighton Centre syndicate 3

Chair: John McInally (PCS vice president)

Speakers: Dr Andy Hodder (University of Birmingham); Keith Johnston (PCS head of education and training); Fran Heathcote (NEC); Representatives from the national young members’ committee and apprentices.


5.30pm

Stand up to racism, stand up to May and Trump: Confronting the rise in racism

How we can help build the biggest possible movement against racism, including:

  • No to racism, Islamaphobia, anti–Semitism and facism
  • EU workers here to stay
  • Black lives matter
  • Refugees and migrants welcome
  • Defend free movement
  • Halt Trump’s UK visit.

Where: Brighton Centre syndicate 1

Chair: Hector Wesley (NEC)

Speakers: Mark Serwotka (PCS GS); Weyman Bennett (Stand Up to Racism).


5.30pm

Energy democracy: A worker–public partnership for a just transition

We urgently need to transition to a zero carbon economy but this doesn’t have to come at a price for workers and communities. This meeting will launch a new PCS pamphlet that makes the case for a just transition and energy democracy from the perspective of a civil service trade union. A transition based on public ownership and democratic control of energy that provides an opportunity to re–vision and rebuild our public services for people not profit.

Where: Brighton Centre syndicate 2

Chair: Kevin McHugh (PCS deputy president)

Speakers: Chris Baugh (PCS AGS); David Hall (Public Services International Research Unit – PSIRU); Dorothy Grace Guerrero (Global Justice Now).


5.30pm

I, Daniel Blake

Come and join us to see a screening of the Bafta award–winning movie I, Daniel Blake. Would you like the opportunity to find out more from the director of the movie, Ken Loach, and listen to other speakers about the stark reality of poverty. If you would like to attend, register and collect your ticket from the National equality and campaigns stall.

Where: Brighton Centre auditorium 2

Chair: Ian Pope (NEC)

Speakers: Ken Loach, Fran Heathcote (NEC and PCS DWP president).


Wednesday, 24 May

12.30pm

The changing civil service: PCS the trade union voice for professionals and managers

With managerial grades now making up more than a third of all civil servants improving our organisation is key to the future of civil service trade unionism.

Where: Brighton Centre syndicate 3

Chair: Paula Brown (PCS vice president)

Speakers: Chris Baugh (PCS assistant general secretary).


12.30pm

Fighting back under the Tory Trade Union Act

The fightback has started. Workers are increasingly taking action against cuts and attacks on living standards. The Tories’ response – bring in more anti–union measures in their new Trade Union Act. Why? Because they know that the unions with still over 6 million members, if given a fighting lead are the most powerful obstacle to their cuts and the profits of their big business backers. shopstewards.net

Where: Brighton Centre syndicate 1

Chair: Katrine Williams (PCS Wales chair)

Speakers: Chris Baugh (PCS ASG); Fran Heathcote (PCS DWP Group president); Rob Williams (NSSN national chair).


12.30pm

The defeat of performance management systems and what comes next

This meeting will provide an update on the progress PCS has made in the defeat of performance management systems. It will also arm negotiators and reps with a robust and detailed analysis of the Cabinet Office Framework Principles on PM that all departments, agencies and NDPB’s are required to adopt by 2018. The meeting will also launch a member/rep consultation on discrimination and the impact of current employment policies and practises across the civil service.

Where: Brighton Centre syndicate 2

Chair: Marion Lloyd (NEC)

Speakers: National speaker (TBC); Dr Steve French (Senior lecturer in industrial relations Keele University).


12.30pm

Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (Barac) UK: A 2025 vision for race equality

Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (Barac) UK is a national campaign against the disproportionate impact of austerity on black workers and communities and the racism and injustice they experience. Racism and injustice is deepening every day and hard won gains on race equality are being reversed. Barac believes that we are entitled to Equality in Our Lifetime, so to respond to this we launched in 2016 our 2025 Vision for Race Equality at The World Transformed with a parliamentary launch chaired by shadow chancellor John McDonnell earlier this year. Come to the meeting to hear more and to discuss how we can work together to achieve race equality.

Where: Brighton Centre syndicate 4

Chair: Zita Holbourne (PCS acting vice president and co–founder of Barac UK)

Speakers: Lee Jasper (National co–chair Barac UK); Donna Guthrie (Barac women’s office and Unite the Union); Hector Wesley (Barac UK steering group and PCS NEC).


5.30-6.30pm

Meet the PCS digital projects team

PCS is in the process of replacing its IT systems with integrated digital solutions. This is an opportunity to find out more about PCS’s digital projects. Tell us what you want technology to help you with; how you think digital can help you organise and represent your members.

Where: Brighton Centre meeting room 6

 


5:30pm

Building the PCS Fighting Fund

Building a healthy PCS Fighting Fund is a key objective for the union to ensure that members are in the best possible position to fight back against the attacks of the employer. We are exploring ways to build the Fund and are holding a Fringe Meeting at Conference to discuss how this can best be achieved. We urge all delegates to attend.

Where: Brighton Centre, syndicate Room 1,
Chair: Zita Holbourne (PCS vice president)
Speaker: Mark Serwotka (General secretary)

Donate to the PCS Fighting Fund.


Thursday, 25 May

8-9am

Meet the PCS digital projects team

PCS is in the process of replacing its IT systems with integrated digital solutions. This is an opportunity to find out more about PCS’s digital projects. Tell us what you want technology to help you with; how you think digital can help you organise and represent your members.

Where: Brighton Centre meeting room 6.

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