Read our round-up of what PCS branches are doing to help their members and keep in touch during the COVID-19 restrictions.
PCS reps and branches across the country have been creating ways to keep in touch with their members, keep them updated about what’s happening in their workplace and to help outside their working lives, too.
In Durham, the Passport Office have set up email accounts which allow reps who are self-isolating to continue to deal with personal cases and give advice online. They arranged with the employer to send out the union contact details in the employer KIT packs. The branch is regularly updating social media and circulating details of distance learning courses for members and looking at online learning.
The DSG Northern Ireland branch have set up a whiteboard in the staff office that’s updated by everyone with where to get essential items like toilet roll, fruit/veg and pain killers etc.
In DWP Tyneside and Northumbria branch members are volunteering to help others by using local community websites to buy and deliver supplies to those who are self-isolating, as well as delivering practical advice.
DWP Liverpool branch is keeping and updating a list of members from each workplace who are off work and self-isolating, so that they can ensure they are getting information by email or social media to keep them up to date.
Other branches have set up Whatsapp groups, arranged daily team phone conferences, and arranged cover for workplaces whose own reps are off work due to the coronavirus. Some are collating issues affecting members so that they can be raised collectively with management.
Communication is key, keeping in touch, and constantly reviewing and adapting those methods of communication as our workplaces and methods of working are changing. As a union we have an important role to play, providing advice to members and also wider communities and workers
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If you have questions about the impact of coronavirus on you, visit your PCS employer group page on the PCS website in the first instance. This should be updated regularly with advice and information about the current situation.