PCS national conference

Have you ever wondered what happens at PCS national conference? Now is your chance to find out.

PCS is keen to ensure the maximum participation in the decision-making body of the union, the Annual Delegate Conference (ADC). We hope all PCS Branches will elect and send their delegation to the most important event in the union calendar. The national executive committee is also keen to ensure that the opportunity is there for new representatives to gain experience of conference and the role of a branch delegate.

Following the successful trainee delegate programmes in recent years, trainee delegate places will be available for 2019 ADC.

Those selected as trainee delegates will undergo a structured programme of training which will include:

  • Conference procedures;
  • Democracy in PCS;
  • Writing motions;
  • Speaking skills.

There will also be daily sessions reviewing the previous day’s proceedings and looking at the day ahead. These sessions will include the opportunity to discuss proceedings with key speakers from debates.

The sessions, which will run morning and afternoon, lasting approximately 1½ hours, will be scheduled to allow trainees to be present for major debates. Feedback from previous years shows that the trainee delegate programme is very well received.

The union will meet the expenses of trainee delegates and paid observers. Please note that trainee delegates will be expected to attend each training session and paid observers expected to attend each session of conference.

Trainee delegates will be responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. Further information, booking forms and expenses claims forms will be sent directly to the nominee following receipt of the branch’s nomination. Centralised travel booking arrangements will again apply for trainee delegates and paid observers.   

Where possible, trainee delegates attending ADC only will be expected to travel on the morning of Tuesday 21 May, therefore, claims for day subsistence and overnight allowance will commence from this date. Where this is not possible and travel is required on Monday 20 May, claims for day subsistence and overnight allowance will commence from this date.    

If you are interested in attending Conference 21 May - 23 May 2019, please speak to your Branch Secretary, attend your Branch AGM and get elected as a trainee delegate. Branches who wish to make nominations should fill in the nomination form which was attached to circular BB 03-19. This form should be returned either by post to Keith Johnston, PCS, 160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2LN, or sent by e-mail as a scanned attachment to keithj@pcs.org.uk by no later than 5pm on Thursday 7 March 2019.

Jayne Smith

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