PCS What's On: 25 - 31 January

22 Jan 2021

This week sees a series of lunchtime pay meetings to protest against and discuss the 2021 pay freeze. The coming week also includes a wide range of courses available to new members and experienced reps alike.


What's on?

Regional pay meetings

Friday 29 January

With the 2021 pay freeze announced by the government looming, PCS is holding a series of regional and nation lunchtime meetings on Zoom on Friday 29 January to update members in the civil service on the campaign. Find the times and details for your region online.


Handling Complex Issues - Yorkshire & Humber and Northern

25 January - 8 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). You will also look at the deadlines and procedures required to protect any members’ legal position.


Civil Service Pensions - North West 

25 January - 22 March

A funded accredited distance learning version of our classroom based course for PCS members in live in the North West. This course aims to help you: understand different types of pension schemes, understand state and occupational pension schemes, understand your own pension scheme, understand how to improve your pension, answer your pension questions.


Handling Complex Issues - London & South East

26 January - 9 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).


DWP ULR Network Meeting - North West 

26 January

The event will be hosted by Ann Ainsworth North West Regional Learning Organiser. The Government has decided to cut all union learning fund with effect from next April and PCS events like this will no longer be available. Please sign the megaphone petition seeking to reverse this cut and keep up to date with the PCS ULF funding news on our website.


PCS Advocates: AGMs, Conference and Getting involved - Wales

26 January: 12-1.30pm

A bitesize training session for PCS advocates who want to continue and develop in the role. At the end of this online session the participants will be able to; understand the importance of AGMs for union branches, and ways in which we can increase member participation in them, to know how to get involved in the democracy of PCS, and to promote the active engagement of members in the union, and to form a personal plan to assist their PCS Branch in holding a successful AGM.


How To Use Microsoft Teams - England

26 January: 10.30am - 12pm

Many employers are now moving to using Microsoft Teams so Shaun Sullivan, HMRC north west regional learning co-ordinator and Mark Rowe, Unionlearn project worker, go through some of the basics. 


PCS Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorations

27 January 

A chance to pay your respects and also to learn about how disabled people in particular were treated during the holocaust. Mary Penellum, who previously worked for the Holocaust Memorial Day Organisation, leads this event for us. It is open to all learners. You can register on Eventbrite to attend this event. The commemoration will comprise of readings of Holocaust Survivor Testimony, the lighting of a memorial candle, a minute of silence, and the screening of a short film.


Preparing For Your PCS AGM

27 - 28 Janury: 10am-12.30pm

This course is aimed at branch reps who are new to running AGMs. The course will also cover all of the main elements of running a virtual AGM. If you are an experienced branch officer, and have arranged AGMs before, please do not apply for this course – written guidance on running online AGMs is available for all branches.   


PCS Success Profiles Course Session 3 - England

28 January - 24 March

This session will enable you to build your confidence through understanding the interview process. You may have the chance to practice your interview skills and improve how you come across to others.


Sexual Harassment - Yorkshire & Humber & Northern

28 January

This one-day course is aimed at PCS reps and will cover: Why sexual harassment is a trade union issue; The law and sexual harassment. Supporting members affected by sexual harassment issues; developing workplace policies and practices; challenging workplace cultures which tolerate harassment. Organising around equality: and promoting the role of harassment champions. 


Workplace Representative - London & South East

28 Januay - 11 March: 10am-4pm

his course is aimed at newly-appointed reps and union Advocates. It will give you the skills and knowledge to effectively represent your members, covering organising, campaigning, negotiating, equality, and more. The course covers essential approaches and techniques that underpin effective organising and bargaining set in the context of the contemporary trade union movement. This includes the role of the union rep in building the strength of the union, communications, effective negotiations and planning.


HMRC ULR Network Meeting - North West 

29 January: 10am-12pm

The event will be hosted by Ann Ainsworth North West Regional Learning Organiser. The Government has decided to cut all union learning fund with effect from next April and PCS events like this will no longer be available. Please sign the megaphone petition seeking to reverse this cut and keep up to date with the PCS ULF funding news on our website.


PCS Pay Protest - All welcome

29 January

With the 2021 pay freeze announced by the government looming, we are inviting you to get involved in our pay campaign by attending your PCS Wales lunchtime pay meeting via zoom on Friday 29 January. The meetings will hear an update from a senior PCS speaker and there will be opportunity for members to ask questions about the campaign. Each meeting will have an MP present who will outline what has been done in parliament to date to support PCS and respond to members views. Find the times and detais for your region here.


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

Stay informed by updating your details securely online by registering for PCS Digital or by contacting membership@pcs.org.uk. Alternatively, ask your local PCS rep to enter your details securely on the PCS Organising App.

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