Our group and national conferences take place in Brighton from Monday (23 May) to Thursday next week, when delegates meet to agree our union's priorities for the next 12 months.
Our conference theme this year is building, growing and winning. That reflects the conviction that we can only win on industrial issues if we build our union and grow our membership. Winning consistently on the big issues that matter to our members, such as our ongoing pay campaign, requires us to constantly recruit new activists and members to our union.
Over the course of the week delegates will set the priorities for the union for the coming year on pay, jobs and working conditions, with group conferences taking place on Monday and Tuesday and our national annual delegate conference running from Tuesday afternoon until Thursday lunchtime.
Motions to this year's conference focus on:
- the need to lift the 1% public sector pay cap
- job cuts and office closures
- tax justice
- performance management
- welfare, and;
Our annual delegate conference will hear from the shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who addresses delegates on Tuesday afternoon, and chair of our parliamentary group Chris Stephens, who is due to deliver the report of the PCS Parliamentary Group on Tuesday afternoon.
Building our union
Delegates will also debate our national organising strategy on Wednesday afternoon, which outlines our strategic objectives of union organisation to allow us to connect basic union building with growth through increased member participation, recruitment and hard bargaining.
We have a dedicated and committed group of activists who frequently answer the call for mobilisation but our approach to organising aims to ensure that as many of our members are willing and able to take part in PCS to help share the work. To that end, we aim to have 10,000 advocates by 2020 and want 60% of our reps and advocates to be women. This strategy sets out our objectives to firmly embed the culture of organising into PCS as we move towards 2020.
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