Eastern ARMs (Associate and Retired Members)

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The associate and retired members' association (ARMS) provides services and information for members of the union who have retired or moved on to other jobs where PCS does not operate and who wish to keep in touch.

The Eastern regional branch of the ARMs group has more than 600 members. The region covers the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. We are here to represent your interests and campaign for a fair deal for our members.

The branch ensures the voice of retired and associate members is heard throughout the union, including having a representative on the Eastern regional committee, and in the wider political and pensioner movement.

Look at the national ARMs pages

National ARMs contacts

2018 annual general meeting

The Annual General meeting of PCS Associate and Retired Members (ARMs) will take place at the Nelson Hotel, Norwich NR1 1DX (opposite Norwich rail station),on Thursday 8 March 2018 commencing at 1200. The meeting will be held in the committee room on the lower ground floor.

Election of Regional committee

At the AGM we will elect our officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) and four additional members; the committee meets three times a year. The current Regional committee are listed below.

Topics/motions for debate

If you wish to raise an issue for discussion at the AGM or indeed any other time you can contact the Secretary by email at secretary.eastern@arms-pcs.org.uk

Please note – Unless agreed otherwise the responsibility for travelling expenses to all general meetings will rest with the individual member.

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Working with other retired members

We play an active role in the National Pensioners convention (NPC), with two of our committee members on the NPC regional committee. We are also represented at their convention in Blackpool each year. The NPC are currently running a very successful campaign to defend universal Pensioner benefits. If you want further information on NPC their email address is info@npcuk.org

We are also involved with other retired union members through our involvement in the South East region TUC.

If you want to know more about the branch, be involved in any of its activities or raise any issue with the committee please contact the ARMs regional secretary.

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Stay in touch

As well as the access to services and benefits that being a member of ARMs provides, we want to let you know about trade union events and activities in your area. The majority of communication to PCS members is via workplace representatives - not an option for ARMs members. However PCS is increasing direct communication to members through email and texting. Let us keep you informed by giving us your contact details or log onto iMembership to update your details.

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Eastern ARMs committee

The committee members, with previous employer details, are:

Chair: Laura Martin (DWP)

Vice chair: John Johnson (MoD)

Treasurer: Ken Pauley (HMRC)

Secretary: Vince Fitzgibbon (HMSO) secretary.eastern@arms-pcs.org.uk

Committee members:

  • Dave Carman (HMRC)
  • Alan Chipperfield
  • Jean Edwards (DWP)
  • Mick Hardy (HMSO)

Auditor: Bob John

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