PCS What's On: 18 - 24 January

15 Jan 2021

In the coming week, PCS is offering sessions on a wide range of subjects, including: understanding your civil service pension, the Spanish language, writing poetry and Microsoft Powerpoint, as well as union courses for members wishing to become reps, and for reps looking to further their skills. 


What's On?


Health and Safety Reps Stage 1 - London & South East

18 January - 1 February: 10am - 4pm

Everyone has the right to a safe workplace. Every employer has a duty not to make us ill as a result of going to work. Trade unions have worked hard to deliver the comprehensive health and safety legislation that the UK workforce enjoys. However governments and employers try to undermine the gains we’ve made. This course will help you mount campaigns to ensure PCS members have protection from stress-inducing, presentee-ism fixated employers…through a strong, well organised union.


Mentoring New Reps and Advocates - North West

18 - 25 January

You can’t do it all, and you won’t always be around. Vital to building a strong union branch is ensuring others will carry on your good work. This session explores succession planning; identifying keen new reps and advocates; supporting their development as trade unionists; and ensuring the health of the union for many years to come. This course is aimed at PCS reps.


Civil Service Pension Scheme Briefing - England

19 January

Martin John, the National Pensions, Policy and Data Protection Officer for PCS provides a briefing on the McCloud judgement, what the implications of the recent consultation on changes to the transitional arrangements to the 2015 scheme are and outlines PCS' position on a fairer pension scheme.


Handling Complex Issues - Midlands

19 January - 2 February

This course is aimed at more experienced reps. It focuses on conduct and discipline, bullying/harassment, discrimination, attendance and ‘efficiency’ issues – and explores ways of collectivising issues (bargaining for better agreements and policies, and the organising and campaigning work needed to support that).


PCS Club Espanol! 4 - England

19 January: 4.30 - 5.30pm

This club is aimed at those who would like to be able to improve their spoken Spanish. Each Spanish club session will build on what has been learnt in previous sessions and club members will decide how much you want to learn. This session will be looking at shopping: in a market, types of clothing and spending money.


ULR Training - Wales

19 January - 2 March

Union Learning Reps (ULRs) play a huge role in helping members gain the learning and development opportunities they need. Whether it’s promoting relevant external or employer-run courses, advising apprentices about their rights, or helping to arrange support and training in the workplace, this 3-day course will give you the tools to make a difference on learning in your union branch.


Creative Writing Competition Support - Poetry

20 January: 4.30pm

This session is run by Chip Hamer, Group Executive Committee Member and published poet on zoom at 16:30. Chip will explain how he approaches his work, what gives him inspiration and give you the chance to have a go yourselves! This session should help you develop your submissions for the England literacy competition.


PCS Microsoft Powerpoint Basics - England

20 January: 1 - 2pm

This training will be run by Mark Rowe, Project worker from union learn, and will cover the Powerpoint basics such as inserting and moving slides, selecting different types of slide, formatting the content and adding presenter notes. Mark will also be happy to demonstrate things you request to see on the day if sufficient time allows.


Trax 2 Training for ULRs - England

20 January: 10.30am - 12.30pm

This session will provie an overview of the new Trax 2 learner recording system. This briefing is for PCS ULRs based in England and takes place on Microsoft Teams between 10:30 and 12:30. Shaun Sullivan HMRC North West Regional Learning Co-Ordinator and Tony Kucz an experienced Trax user provide an overview of the new Trax 2 system.


Health and Safety (Stage 1) - Midlands

21 January - 4 February

Everyone has the right to a safe workplace. Every employer has a duty not to make us ill as a result of going to work. Trade unions have worked hard to deliver the comprehensive health and safety legislation that the UK workforce enjoys. However governments and employers try to undermine the gains we’ve made. This course will help you mount campaigns to ensure PCS members have protection from stress-inducing, presentee-ism fixated employers…through a strong, well organised union.


Health and Safety Reps Part 1 (LIMITED SPACES) - Wales

21 January - 3 February

Everyone has the right to a safe workplace. Every employer has a duty not to make us ill as a result of going to work. Trade unions have worked hard to deliver the comprehensive health and safety legislation that the UK workforce enjoys. However governments and employers try to undermine the gains we’ve made. This course will help you mount campaigns to ensure PCS members have protection from stress-inducing, presentee-ism fixated employers…through a strong, well organised union.


PCS Success Profiles Course: Session 2 - England

21 January - 17 March

This follows on from our Session 1 and looks at strength statements. Run by Adrian Ryan and Matt Pointon, Project Workers from Unionlearn, with North West Equality Lead Mary Doolin. You will need to bring with you a 250 word strength statement that you have prepared either for a job that you have applied for or would like to apply for. This session will enable you to look critically at your strength statement and identify how it may be improved.


Union Learning Reps - North West

21 January - 4 February

This 3 day course is aimed at union learning reps and other activists involved with promoting the learning agenda at work. This course explains the role and rights of the union learning rep, provides you with skills and knowledge to be a union learning rep and explains how the union learning project works.


Get in touch

Check out our events page or contact your local rep or regional office to find out what’s going on this week and in the coming weeks.

Let us know what your group or branch is planning so we can publicise it in our weekly round-up. Email web@pcs.org.uk

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