Daily reports

Wednesday, 13 September

"Scrap the cap, close the gap," TUC hears

47 years after the Equal Pay Act women are still being paid less than their male colleagues - and the TUC will fight to address this, was the message heard loud and clear at Congress.

Black workers' marginalisation deplored by TUC

Congress today collectively deplored the high levels of unemployment, marginalisation and discrimination black workers experience in the labour market.

Wider debate needed on the rights and issues of sex workers, TUC hears

PCS and the TUC needs to have a wider debate on the rights of sex workers and their issues, our vice president Zita Holbourne told Congress.

PCS backs calls to make TUC Congress House more accessible

PCS TUC 17 Congress delegate Mark Leopard backed calls for TUC Congress House to be made fully accessible for disabled people.

Tuesday, 12 September

TUC fringe: Public sector unions must work together to achieve decent pay rises across public sector

Unions must be ready to force the government to give all public sector workers a decent pay rise if the November budget fails to offer properly-funded increases for all, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told our packed TUC Congress fringe.

Act to resolve the crisis in the civil service PCS tells TUC 17

Action to resolve the crisis in resourcing in the civil service was called for by PCS at TUC Congress.

Devastating welfare policies condemned by PCS at TUC 17

Successive UK governments’ devastating welfare policies, including cuts in the value of benefits and increases to the pension age were condemned by a PCS motion to TUC Congress.

Achieve tax justice to create a strong economy, PCS tell TUC

The need to invest in HMRC to achieve tax justice was highlighted by PCS deputy president Kevin McHugh during a TUC Congress debate today (12) on creating a stronger economy.

Mobilise and support apprentices, TUC urged by PCS

Today TUC Congress voted overwhelmingly to mobilise and support apprentices, in a motion which was penned originally by PCS member Laura Bee and supported at TUC by our delegate Sarah Broad.

PCS young member receives national TUC award 

Steven Warwick of Natural England branch has received the 2017 Congress Award for Youth, recognising the work and achievements of young trade unionists.

Birmingham bin workers' fight heard by TUC

The fight of striking Birmingham bin workers was heard by TUC Congress in a debate of an emergency motion in Brighton

PCS at LRC TUC fringe: achieve decent pay rises and transform people's lives

If we deliver decent public sector pay rises we can transform people’s live and change politics in Britain, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told a TUC fringe meeting of the LRC.

TUC goes green with passing of composite motion 4

TUC Congress voted to support composite motion 4 on climate change, which was moved by the BFAWU and seconded by CWU.

Justice for Palestine will come from the grassroots, TUC fringe hears

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told delegates attending a fringe meeting by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign that he believed "ordinary trade unionists" should have the opportunity to travel to Palestine to see the consistent day-to-day abuse of human rights residents experience.

Towards a shadow defence diversification agency

The transition towards a shadow’ defence diversification agency, which would transition those working in defence towards diversification was supported by TUC Congress.

Support UK shipping and coastguards

Congress voted to support UK shipping and seafarer employment with the passing of motion 12, which was put forward by Nautilus International and supported by PCS and GMB.


Monday, 11 September

Mark Serwotka to TUC: let's unite to secure decent pay rises for all

Unions must unite to help defeat the public sector pay cap and secure decent pay rises for all public sector workers, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told TUC Congress in Brighton.

PCS backs calls for restrictions on unions to be scrapped

PCS spoke to call for the repeal of the draconian Trade Union Act and for all workers to be guaranteed the right to strike in a debate on day 2 of the TUC Congress in Brighton.

PCS backs TUC Congress call for full public inquiry into Grenfell Tower fire

The scale and severity of the Grenfell Tower fire was contributed to by cuts to the fire and rescue service, local government and other sectors, TUC Congress heard in a motion on the tragedy backed by PCS.

Defending union rights and tackling job insecurity

The need to defend union rights and tackle job insecurity was highlighted by PCS in backing a motion at TUC Congress.

Light-touch regulation pulled apart at TUC 17

The dangers of light-touch regulation at work was highlighted by PCS during a debate at TUC Congress.


Sunday, 10 September

Mark Serwotka to pre-TUC rally: we can win on pay

“Now is the time to say we are serious, we are clear, we can win on pay and begin to transform this country to improve people's lives,” PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told a pre-TUC Congress fringe meeting.

TUC preview

At TUC Congress in Brighton, PCS will be calling for all public sector unions to unite to defeat the 1% public sector pay cap.

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