PCS is proud of all our activists and reps who work hard to build our union and represent members. Today is International Women's Day, a worldwide event that grew out of the struggles of women workers in the last century fighting and campaigning for equality, better pay and working conditions for all.
The fight for women’s equality continues today. It's a priority for PCS and the labour movement. It's important because advances in women's equality benefits all of us. The austerity policies carried out by this government discriminate against women, particularly low paid women and single parent families. That's why we oppose these policies and will continue to do so.
We will continue to stand firm against discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying and insist our employers take these issues seriously. Above all we will be resolute in our determination to break the pay cap. Lifting women out of low wages is vital to advancing equality.
Crucial to this is increasing the number of women activists at all levels of PCS and continuing to remove barriers that prevent women playing a full part in trade union activity.
We hope you have the opportunity to celebrate International Women's Day. On behalf of the PCS national executive committee we send solidarity greetings to all who are organising and participating in events today. Let's continue to stand firm against inequality and stand up for equality and fair treatment.
Mark Serwotka Janice Godrich
PCS General Secretary PCS President