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.
Mick has been assistant group secretary for Met Police branch since 2016, representing 1300 PCSOs in London. He spends 60% of his time on union business and 40% as a PCSO on the streets in Kensington, although since the lockdown he has been working from home every day.
More recently Mick has become a member of the national disabled members' forum.
Ray is a PCS member employed by Interserve at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a handyman
PCS members members who clean HMRC offices in Bootle and Liverpool have been striking over low pay and poor conditions. This is one of the strikers
Pandora (not her real name) is a legal adviser in a magistrates’ court. Legal advisers are solicitors or barristers who are responsible for advising magistrates in court on law, evidence, practice and procedure, for ensuring all who appear have a fair hearing and helping those who are unrepresented to present their case. Here we present extracts from Pandora’s lockdown diary.
Tracey works for HMRC in Liverpool. She holds a number of national equality roles within PCS including vice chair of the national black members' committee and chair of the HMRC black members' advisory group. She is also a member of the PCS NW regional committee, co-convenor of the NW black members' network, and is equality officer for her branch.