Read the winter 2021 edition of PCS Activate online now
With a difficult winter ahead, the need to increase and broaden involvement in our national campaign has truly never been more pressing.
Taking on the myriad issues causing the cost-of-living crisis is an unenviable task, but we have the power to bring about change. Our article on the national campaign provides some simple steps you can take now, in your branches and workplaces, to help put us in a strong position for a possible national ballot, should we need it.
Whether we’re talking about our young members, celebrating diversity or seemingly routine topics such as organising a branch AGM, the message at their core is the same. We must use every single opportunity to recruit to the union, engage members, and encourage and support activity at any level.
Members in the DVSA and Royal Parks have provided a timely reminder that solid organisation, solidarity and collective action – or simply the threat of it – can win results for our members.
Read on for more – in this edition:
GS: Members are under attack – let’s arm them with the facts (https://www.pcs.org.uk/news-events/news/members-are-under-attack-lets-arm-them-facts)
We will need your hard work and dedication to get as many members engaged in the national campaign as possible, says Mark Serwotka in his column.
Cost-of-living crisis: steps to get ballot-ready (https://www.pcs.org.uk/news-events/news/cost-living-crisis-steps-get-ballot-ready)
All of the issues causing the cost-of-living crisis are linked, and they are hurting everyone. We have the power to bring about change – here are some steps you can take now.
Develop fresh activism with new national forum (https://www.pcs.org.uk/news-events/news/develop-fresh-activism-new-national-forum)
PCS will soon be trialling a new forum for activists to encourage discussion of the union's strategies, and more involvement in the union’s activities, especially from newer activists and members from under-represented groups.
PCS young members rejuvenated – can you get involved? (https://www.pcs.org.uk/news-events/news/pcs-young-members-rejuvenated-can-you-get-involved)
There’s a renewed energy for encouraging PCS young members to get involved, be active, and help shape the present and future of the union. We update you on the latest.
DVSA: ‘Our ballot result stopped management in their tracks (https://www.pcs.org.uk/news-events/news/dvsa-our-ballot-result-stopped-management-their-tracks)’
DVSA rep Caroline Oliver speaks to Activate about their successful campaign to see off plans to impose an increase in the number of daily driving tests.
Royal Parks rep: ‘We’re all celebrating this victory’ (https://www.pcs.org.uk/news-events/news/royal-parks-rep-were-all-celebrating-victory)
A Royal Parks PCS rep talks about their campaign to break down the two-tier system between outsourced workers and directly employed staff, which is seeing great success.
Disability History Month: spread the word on issues and events (https://www.pcs.org.uk/news-events/news/disability-history-month-spread-word-issues-events)
Raising awareness of hidden impairments is the focus of PCS as we support DHM, until 18 December. Help spread the word about this equality event and our series of seminars.
Get ready for AGMs and PCS conferences (https://www.pcs.org.uk/news-events/news/get-ready-agms-pcs-conferences)
AGM season is approaching and branches are advised to start planning their online or in-person meetings now. Newer reps are invited to sign up for our online AGM training.
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