How we are run

The PCS culture group is the over-arching body covering all PCS bargaining areas in the sport, culture, and arts sector and represents the interests of all of our members.

We formed in the late 1990s to pull together the diverse organisations that PCS represents under the title of “culture” and delegates to our group executive committee (GEC) come from England, Scotland and Wales.

PCS in sport, culture, and arts
PCS organises in the following bargaining areas:
  • British Library
  • British Museum and associated
  • Creative Scotland
  • Department for Culture, Media & Sport
  • English Heritage
  • Gambling Commission
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Historical Environment Scotland
  • Historic England
  • Historic Royal Palaces
  • Imperial War Museum
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • National Gallery and associated
  • National Library of Scotland
  • National Library of Wales
  • National Maritime Museum
  • National Museums Liverpool
  • National Museum of Science & Industry
  • National Museums of Scotland
  • National Museum of Wales
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Natural History Museum
  • Royal Household
  • Royal Parks Agency
  • Southbank Centre
  • Sport England
  • Sport Scotland
  • Sport Wales
  • Tate and associated
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Visit Britain
  • Visit Scotland
  • Wallace Collection

Some of these areas are executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) and agencies, linked to the civil service or assemblies in Northern Ireland, Wales Assembly and the Scottish Government.

PCS members work in many different jobs such as visitor services, retail, IT, security, administration and technical support, conservation, gardening and cleaning.

Despite the different types of employment and employers there are many common issues and aims shared by members.


Our aims and objectives

Our objectives are:

  • to protect and promote the interests of members 
  • identify common concerns, issues and to discuss key bargaining issues and vocational trends
  • to develop recruitment, organising and campaigning initiatives
  • to develop agreed strategies for raising awareness of and negotiating on the concerns and issues with employers
  • to communicate national PCS policy
  • to co-operate with the union’s national executive committee in the conduct of the union’s affairs
  • to ensure effective communication with all our members.

The group executive committee

The culture group executive committee is elected annually at the our group annual conference from nominations made by branches at their branch’s annual general meeting (AGM).

It consists of a president, treasurer, organiser and communications officer.

In addition, there are up to 13 committee members. The secretary is an appointed union officer and the group executive committee is also supported by PCS full-time officers across PCS regional offices.

Any PCS member can stand for election to the group executive committee. Just ask about getting nominated at your branch annual general meeting.

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