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Aidan Neill is a PCS member with the Land Registry in Birkenhead, Merseyside

Aidan Neill is a PCS member with the Land Registry in Birkenhead, Merseyside

Aidan Price is the DWP Eastern Valleys branch secretary

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PCS union learning rep

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Austin works for the Office of the Public Guardian in London. He holds a number of branch positions and is also a member of the PCS national disabled members' forum, the national executive committee and is on the TUC disabled workers' committee.

Caitlyn is an AA working for the DVLA, suffering from the effects of the government's pay cap.

An apprentice with the Department for Work and Pensions

Lighthouse Financial Advice

Caroline is affinity relations manager for PCS partner and financial advice firm Lighthouse Group PLC

PCS defence sector group president Chris Dando

Chris Dando is president of the PCS defence sector group

Campaigns co-ordinator for the Campaign against Climate Change.

PCS northern region learning organiser Clare Hownam

PCS northern region learning organiser

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Clare has been a PCS member working for the DWP since 2008 and has been women's officer for the DWP Greater Glasgow branch for 10 years. 

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Claudine Campbell works for HMRC and is the Midlands regional representative on the PCS National Black Members Committee.

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Colin is co-ordinator of the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers' Centres

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Danielle works for HMRC in London.  She is the young members' convenor for her region and also a member of the national young members' committee.

Vice president of the PCS Land Registry Group

Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Liverpool and contributor to the Tax Justice Network's Tax Justice Focus newsletter

Denise works for the Land Registry

LGBT campaigner Dr Peter Purton

Dr Peter Purton was the TUC disability and LGBT officer from 1998 until retirement in 2016. He had previously worked for NATFHE (now UCU) and in the voluntary sector and has been a campaigner for LGBT rights since the 1970s and an active trade unionist. He was also a national officer of Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights (now LGBT Labour) for more than 20 years.

PCS Eastern Avenue picket line 20 July 2017

PCS members at the jobcentre on Eastern Avenue, Sheffield, have been taking strike action to protest against the closure of their site, which provides a valuable service to the community in one of the most deprived areas of Sheffield.

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Eddy Nixon is PCS Proud secretary and bi representative.  He works for the HMRC in Newcastle. 

PCS DWP member Fiona Brittle

Fiona Brittle is a PCS member who works for the Department for Work and Pensions in Glasgow

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Floyd Codlin is PCS ARMS and former chair of PCS South British Library. He is the culture group representative on the PCS National Black Members' Committee.

Fran was elected national president for PCS this year. She was DWP group president for 7 years and is the Northern regional committee chair. 

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Graham Soulsby works for the Cabinet Office in Newcastle and is the PCS young members’ equality officer.

Chair of the PCS National Museums Wales Branch

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Hannah Mason works for HMRC in Nottingham.  She is branch secretary and branch disability rep.

PCS union learning rep who works for HMRC

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Jack Guthrie started working for the Scottish government as a 17 year old apprentice.  He is currently working on the “Getting it right for every child” Bill Team.

Film producer whose credits include London Recruits and Blackbird

James Davies PCS South West regional secretary and campaigns officer responsible for law and justice

James Davies is PCS South West regional secretary and campaigns officer responsible for law and justice

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PCS member James works for the Department of Work and Pensions

President of PCS

Campaigner Janine Booth

Janine Booth is a writer, trainer, campaigner and co-chair of the TUC Disabled Workers' Committee

Jason, who works for the DVLA, has used the PCS pay calculator to find out how much he has lost under the Tory pay cap.  He told us about how he and his family are suffering.

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Jennifer Reed is a rep at her HMRC workplace in Stockton-on-Tees

Join the TUC march 17 October

John (not his real name) works at a DWP service centre

Jordan is a member of PCS Proud who identifies as asexual.

Communications officer for the Electoral Reform Society

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Julia works for HMRC in East Kilbride.  She is her branch women's officer and also represents women at group level.

Karen is a member of the PCS national executive committee

Kate, who works for the prisons service, told us about how she has had to cut back because of the pay cap.

Keith is group organiser and assistant secretary of the Scottish Government group and a member of the national disabled members’ forum.

Kevin Scott is the national young members’ committee vice chair

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Kris Hendry was elected chair of PCS Proud, the union's LGBT equality network, in November 2018.

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Kris is acting chair of the national young members' committee.  He works for the Home Office on Merseyside.

Laura Reardon is branch vice chair and branch youth officer for the Land Registry in Durham.  She started working at the Land Registry as an apprentice and is now a permanent employee.

Reporting on the latest learning initiatives.

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Linda is a co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC).  DPAC was set up in response to the June 2010 budget when it was obvious that the Tory austerity measures would strip disabled people of their hard won rights. 

Linda is herself disabled and is also the parent of a disabled person.  She is passionately interested in promoting the human rights and full inclusion of disabled people in society.


Lindsey Jones is chair of PCS North Wales North West Revenue and Customs Branch 

Lindsey Jones is chair of PCS North Wales North West Revenue and Customs Branch 

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Lizzie Flew is senior communications and campaigns officer at Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). CPAG campaigns for policies that will prevent and solve poverty – for good.

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Luis Chisaguano Cruz was born and spent most of his life in Ecuador, but the economic and political situation forced him to emigrate with his family to Europe. As a professional plumber he had a stable job in Spain until the economic crisis again forced him to emigrate, this time to the UK. Despite the  language difficulties he managed to find work as a cleaner in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He has been on strike for the real living wage and better terms and conditions since January 2019.

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Lynn has been a full-time officer with PCS Scotland since 2005 and is PCS national officer for Scotland and Ireland. She has been active in the labour and trade union movement for over 30 years and is chair of Politics for the Many.

Trans equality members’ rep for PCS Proud, the union’s LGBT equality network

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Margaret (not her real name) works for the Department for Transport

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Martin works for the Rural Payments Agency in Workington, Cumbria.  He is chair of the PCS northern region disability network.

PCS health group president

Programme director at the Fair Tax Mark, which shows the companies and organisations who are proud to pay their fair share of tax and contribute to society.

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Megan McQuade works at HMRC in Cumbernauld.  She is the branch youth officer, health and safety rep and the national young members' committee acting vice chair.

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Michael Rennie joined the DWP on a fixed term contract when he was 26.  Now he is a permanent member of staff and a union rep.

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Mohammed works for the DWP in Greater Manchester.  He is chair of the national black members' committee and of the north west regional black members network as well as holding several union positions in his branch.

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Sharon has worked in the civil service for more than 20 years

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Nadine Gorman works at Sportscotland and is a member of the PCS Sportscotland Branch Executive Committee

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Naquita works for the British Council in Cardiff.  

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Neil is a national officer for the National Pensioners' Convention.  The NPC’s main objective is to promote the welfare and interests of all pensioners, as a way of securing dignity, respect and financial security in retirement.  It organises rallies and lobbies of MPs, leads delegations to parliament and makes submissions to government on policies affecting older people.

Neil Gore is a writer, actor and musician with over 35 years' experience. He has written plays, including We are the Lions, Mr Manager, United We Stand and We Will Be Free and adapted a productuion of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

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Nick Hobbs is a ULR working at the Home Office in Liverpool.

Nick McCarthy is head of digital projects and director of communications, organising and engagement for PCS 

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Paul Cartwright is a union learning rep who works for the DWP in Tyneview Park, Newcastle.

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PCS vice president and chair of the PCS Health and Safety Executive national branch

PCS members at the DWP office in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire are campaigning against the closure of their office

PCS members at Southall jobcentre are campaigning against the closure of their office which will have a devastating impact on the local community

The EBU represents PCS members working for Highways England

The PCS young members' committee co-ordinates and supports the work of our national young members' committee.

PCS rep at Big Pit Coal Museum at Blaenavon, South Wales.

Phoebe is the young members' convenor for the south west region.  She works for the DWP in Cheltenham where she is branch organiser and branch youth officer.

Professor Matthew Feldman co-director of the Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies at Teesside University

Co-director of the Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies at Teesside University

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Rebecca is a PCS rep at HM Land Registry in Wales

Vote yes in the PCS pay ballot

Reeta Mahey is a PCS member

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Robert works for DEFRA in London.  He is a branch committee member and his branch's youth officer

Ruth works for the Scottish government in Leith, Edinburgh.  She is a member of the National Disability Forum and the National Women's Forum.

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Sam Cooper is joint Bi Members’ Rep for PCS Proud. She works for the Ministry of Justice in Leicester.

DWP Bradford PCS Branch chair, equality officer and committed campaigner on trans issues

Part of the Better than Zero Campaign, backed by the STUC which aims to tackle insecure and low-paid work

British Council employee

Chair of PCS Young Members' Forum

Sarah Valentine

After nearly a decade spent as a teacher / trainer in Asia, I came back to Glasgow to embrace my fears.  I joined DWP in July 2016, and PCS on day one. I recently became a team leader, and live by the rule that it's nice to be nice. I enjoy helping others and have started to play a more active role within the union, starting by becoming a deputy rep. I am looking forward to becoming more active within PCS to champion equality and encourage and promote an inclusive working environment for all.  

Sharon Edwards works for the Passport Office in Glasgow.  She is the Home Office assistant group secretary, Scottish TUC women’s committee chair and a workplace mental health and suicide first aider.


Shaz Ambrose works for the DWP in Essex.  

Sheila Coleman has campaigned for more than 27 years for truth and justice to be brought to the people who died and those who survived from the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

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Sian is a PCS rep at the Cwmbran Pension Centre

Our driving examiner members are taking strike action on 4 and 5 December.  This member tells us why he is taking action and what they hope to achieve.

Campaign coordinator of the Robin Hood Tax Campaign

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Tom is a PCS rep at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in Bristol and vice chair of the Defra South West branch.

Renowned producer, writer and director, whose credits include Cathy Come Home and Kes

Tony Reay is PCS DWP London regional secretary

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Tracey works for HMRC in Liverpool. She is the black members’ officer for Revenue and Customs Liverpool branch and a member of HMRC black members’ advisory group.

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Zita is PCS national vice president with more than 20 years' experience of trade union activism.  She is the co-founder and national chair of BARAC UK and an author, writer, poet, artist, curator and vocalist.

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