Activate Issue 4 2018

In this first edition of Activate since our national pay ballot, there’s plenty of information and guidance on what happens next and how we’re moving forward together with our pay campaign.

The worked hasn’t stopped and the campaign for 2019 has already got going, with a huge focus on recruiting more members, reps and Advocates. What can you be doing to get ballot-ready for another vote?

At the same time negotiations are happening at delegated level, ballot data is being crunched, and legal challenges have been launched – all working in parallel to try to get the pay deal our members deserve.

And meanwhile we’re continuing to win for our members at work, including a massive payout for hundreds of members in the Scottish Prison Service. Finally, in our ‘Representing Members’ column, read how one PCS rep helped a member win a tribunal in an unusual and important case involving equality law and the menopause at work.

In this edition:

Equal pay battle secures £2m payout for PCS members

Hundreds of members in the Scottish Prison Service are getting lump sums of up to £4,000 in their August pay packets, thanks to an equal pay claim brought by PCS. Read more

Ballot result: what next?

The national pay ballot is over – here’s an easy guide to what is happening in the coming weeks and months. Read more

Pay fight goes on in departments
The fight for a better pay deal for members can continue at departmental level in 2018, but the union must boost its organising – to beat the government’s anti-strike law, and to win the workplace battles ahead of us. Read more

Moving forward – PCS pay campaign 2019
Our union’s pay campaign for 2019 is already under way, and plans include reps’ workshops, building organisation in key branches, recruiting new members and activists, and getting ballot-ready. Read more

Fight goes on – building our union
What the union has been through with the national pay ballot has been “tough” but has ultimately put us in a stronger position from which to build. Read more

Reflecting on the ballot
Reps are using their ballot campaign experiences to build on the momentum achieved, identify tactics that worked and plan for the next steps. Read more

Representing Members: ‘If only they’d listened to our member’
We hear from a branch rep about an unusual tribunal case that ruled a court officer was covered by the Equality Act because of severe peri-menopausal symptoms. Read more

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