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Direct Debit campaign update

The government has outlined huge cuts to public spending that will destroy our jobs, working conditions and public services. Cuts are neither necessary nor inevitable. In fact, we believe there is an alternative.
Keep up to date with all our latest news and campaigning activity here, and see how you can get involved and help us protect pensions, pay and public services.

With the Tory government installed we are expecting all ministers to instigate check-off withdrawal as part of the continued programme of attacking the union while undermining workers' rights.

Over 144,000 PCS members have now signed up to pay their subs by direct debit, with 80% of members signed over in our two largest departments, the DWP and HMRC.

In addition, hundreds of new members are being recruited to the union on a weekly basis and members are coming forward to support the union by taking on union activist roles.

Fair Pay Scotland Campaign

This booklet was compiled from individual PCS members testimonies which highlight the impact of Scottish Ministers pay policy on individuals and their families.

We also presented this booklet to MSPs at a parliamentary drop-in during the week of the Scottish Budget in December.  The booklet can be downloaded from this page.

'Devastating' HMRC closure plan must be subject to parliamentary review

On Thursday, 12 November the HMRC Executive Committee (ExCom) announced its future location strategy. This included proposals to close the current 170 HMRC offices and cut these to 13 large Regional Centres in Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, and two in London (Croydon and Stratford), plus 4 "Specialist Sites".

PCS opposes the closure plan proposals, we do not feel that a service run from larger Regional Centres will be better than with large national coverage.

We fear that the disruption to the UK's essential tax collection capability will be severe. Also, there are major concerns with the negative impact on local employment and local economies.

PCS is extremely concerned that these proposals have received no Parliamentary Scrutiny at all, and it is demanding that they now receive such scrutiny before they go any further.

PCS is also asking and expecting that HMRC will now enter in proper consultation with PCS on the principle and impact of their change proposals.

For the latest news on the HMRC story visit the PCS website

Read the BBC list of office closure dates.

Sign and share the petition against office closures NOW

NHS 'sell-off'

Your NHS has been quietly transformed into a business ready for corporate takeover and conversion to the American private insurance model. In 'Sell-Off', filmmaker Peter Bach exposes the two decade covert privatisation which has occurred without public mandate and against the public interest.

This film is about a group of doctors trying to save the NHS. Please watch and share the video.

PCS the campaigning union: get involved

You can help to support PCS campaigns by by visiting our campaign pages for our current e-actions and email your MP directly, download our calendar of events for activities or visit our website for more information about our campaigns.

Get ready for direct debit

We are asking all members to do something very simple but very important – get ready to switch payment of your subs to direct debit.

It only takes a few minutes but means if your employer imposes any changes to how your subs are collected, you will remain protected by your union's membership.

We won’t take money from your account unless your employer stops deducting your union subscriptions, or we decide to end check-off, so there’s no danger of you paying twice.

Registering is easy


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Any problems call one of our dedicated team on 0800 317 464 (free) or 020 7801 2670/2680 from 7am to 7pm (Monday-Friday), or use the Live Chat on this page.

Why the change?

The Cabinet Office has written to each government department, stating that check-off the decades-old practice of collecting your monthly union subs directly from your salary is “undesirable” and asking each department to review it.

We are fighting so you can pay your subs your way, but it is essential we have a plan in case check-off ends.


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