PCS conference fringe meetings 2018

Fringe events

22 May


Special fringe meeting

Building to win the pay campaign

The NEC has submitted a motion calling for a statutory industrial action ballot over civil service pay. This would be the most significant ballot the union has held in many years. Delegates are invited to a special fringe meeting to discuss the next steps for the union, and to look at the detail ofwhat needs to be done in our branches and workplaces after conference.

Where: Auditorium 2

Chair: Janice Godrich (National president)

Speakers: Mark Serwotka, (General secretary)


Building for a national climate service and Just transition act

It is welcome to hear the Labour Party put climate change at the heart of their agenda and recognise a clear role for workers in creating a new zero carbon economy. PCS believes critical to this is a properly resourced public sector and the formation of a National Climate Service as advocated for in the One Million Climate Jobs campaign. This also needs to be accompanied by a Just Transition rooted in environmental, social and economic justice for workers and communities. This fringe meeting will look at this in more detail and discuss the possibilities for a Just Transition Act, and how we can build for this in PCS workplaces, branches, and in our communities.

Where: Syndicate 1

Chair: Kevin McHugh (NEC deputy president and chair NEC climate change and environment committee)

Speakers: Chris Baugh (PCS Assistant General Secretary); Isobel Tarr (Coal Action Network – Invited); Graham Petersen (Greener Jobs Alliance).


Solidarity: Developing membership awareness

There continue to be challenges worldwide; social unrest, political upheaval, and the impact of austerity measures and cuts to public services. Hear more of the union’s international and solidarity work with partners in the UK, across Europe and beyond to oppose austerity and to promote the vital public services our members deliver; raise membership awareness and contribute to a fair and just world where human rights are respected and upheld for all.

Where: Syndicate 2

Chair: Zita Holbourne (NEC vice president)

Speakers: Nadia Salson (EPSU policy officer); others tbc

23 May


Apprentices and young workers in the civil service

With a government target of 30,000 civil service apprenticeships by 2020, successfully recruiting and engaging these new employees is key to delivering PCS’s organising objective of 200,000 members by 2020. This fringe meeting will discuss:

  • the current picture of apprentices and the opportunities this brings
  • the bargaining successes PCS has had and the challenges we still face
  • the issues apprentices and young members encounter. to ensure PCS becomes the union for apprentices and young workers.

Where: Syndicate 1

Chair: Fran Heathcote (PCS national vice president)

Speakers: Steven Warwick (PCS Unionlearn project – learning organiser), Kim Hendry (PCS Unionlearn project – lead project officer), Laura Reardon (former apprentice; vice-chair, Land Registry Durham branch), Fiona Brittle (PCS Young Members Network, Scotland; youth officer, DWP Greater Glasgow branch).

Joint PCS – Institute of Employment Rights fringe


The associate and retired members group

Building ARMs: supporting the unions campaigns and activities

ARMs in PCS is for retired and associate members. We have an elected national committee with 11 regional/national branches. We are anti-austerity, working to promote PCS in the community, both by action and words.

In the last year, ARMs has supported PCS campaigns, with other unions to demonstrate (both locally and nationally) against cuts in the NHS, welfare benefits, social care and pensions. We are an active and growing organisation but could do more.

Where: Syndicate 2

Chair: Sam Hall (PCS NEC)

Speakers: Phil Green (National committee chair); Neil Duncan-Jordan (National Pensioners Convention).

23 May



Tackling sexual harassment, assault and discrimination in the workplace

PCS believes that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and that any kind of behaviour that undermines these basic rights will not be tolerated. Our members must be able to work in an atmosphere that is free from discrimination, bullying, harassment or intimidation. Come along to this important fringe meeting and find out what you, your branch and group can do.

Where: Sydicate 1

Chair: Zita Holbourne (NEC vice president)

Speakers: Equality experts from PCS forums and committees

The Professionals and Managers Association (PMA) Network

Re-launching our network: responding to years of government cuts

There is a staffing and organisational crisis in the Civil Service. Pay restraint, increased workloads and less support, pressures on professional and middle management grades to deliver the type of Civil Service we support, has never been greater. We will be developing a Trade Union charter to reach out to the 30-35,000 potential PMA members following conference. Join us to discover what our plans are for the year ahead and how you can get involved.

Where: Syndicate 2

Chair: Paula Brown (PCS Vice President)

Speakers: Chris Baugh (PCS Assistant General Secretary) Karen Watts (Editor PMA News).

Stand Up To Racism

Film showing and Q&A “Calais children - a case to answer”

The film follows the 1,900 unaccompanied minors stranded in Calais. Many of these have a legal case to enter the UK and their situation is a shameful indictment of the UK’s human rights record. Sue Clayton has fought to get these children recognised and their cases heard and our discussion will include how we can support them and other refugees in Calais.

Where: Syndicate 3

Chair: Hector Wesley (PCS NEC)

Speakers: Sue Clayton (Film director)

Various times during conference week

Meet the 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 digital projects. Tell us what you want technology to help you with; how you think digital to help you organise and represent your members.

When: Tuesday, 22 May - 12.30 – 1.30pm (lunch provided);

Wednesday, 23 May (tea and biscuits) - 5.30 – 6.30pm, after conference

Thursday 24 May - 8– 9am, before conference, (continental breakfast provided).

Where: Meeting room 6.

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