The consequence of anti-trade union laws, designed to prevent unions being able to challenge the government, is that unless more than 50% of those balloted return a ballot paper, we cannot challenge the government on pay.
So, whether you opted into or out of the Employee Deal, we all need better pay and the only way to achieve it is to exercise your right and vote in the pay ballot (ballot closes 29/04/19).
We have seen fantastic support for our members taking action in Wolverhampton and Walsall Universal Credit sites in March. I was proud (and soaking wet!) to stand on both picket lines. There is now increasing pressure on DWP to staff UC properly to provide the quality of service both staff and claimants deserve.
This edition contains the annual report so that you can get a snapshot of all of our activity in 2018 – it was certainly a busy year!
Can I remind you all to vote in both the DWP and national executive committee (NEC) elections and exercise your democratic right to decide who represents you at national level - More detail is contained in a separate article.
Finally, this is probably my last edition as DWP president as this year I am nominated as a national president candidate and am therefore not seeking re-election as group president.
Thank you all for your continued support. It’s been a pleasure to lead DWP group and represent your interests at group level.