The PCS national executive committee is our union’s governing body and we want all PCS branches, reps and members to get involved in an online consultation on proposals to ensure that at least 50% of ordinary seats on the NEC are filled by women candidates.
Our annual delegate conference in May carried motion A44 which instructed the NEC to conduct a widespread consultation on the proposal that rule changes are made that ensure that at least 50% of the ordinary NEC seats are filled by women candidates. PCS is a union with 60% women members but our democratic structures do not fully reflect this fact.
The motion also called for work to be stepped up to remove barriers to the participation of women in the activities of the union at workplace, branch and group levels and to include this work in the consultation.
1 What measures do you think would work best to remove barriers for women to participate and stand for election within the union?
2 Do you support the proposal that rule changes should be made that ensure that at least 50% of the ordinary NEC seats are filled by women candidates?
The consultation will run until 1 February.