Activate magazine

As a remarkably challenging year draws to a close, we can be proud of the way we’ve adapted our organising and campaigning work under the shadow of this ever-changing health and economic crisis.

In this issue:

GS: ‘The adversity we’ve faced has made us stronger’
The pandemic has been a hugely challenging time for everyone, but activists stepped up to the plate and have done an incredible job in supporting members through it, says Mark Serwotka.

Texting success on pay petition – CallHub still needs you!
Mass text-messaging to remind members to sign the pay petition has delivered some fantastic results, helping to take us beyond 100k and securing a debate in parliament. More volunteers for CallHub are still needed to help out with this and more.

HOW TO: hold a virtual branch AGM
With the majority of branch AGMs needing to be held online in early 2021, reps will be issued with a guide and training on conducting virtual AGMs and branch elections while complying with union rules.

Focus on advocates yielding results in HMPPS
Intensive efforts to recruit, train and mentor PCS Advocates in HMPPS is delivering excellent results, with a net growth in membership for the first time in years and increased visibility for the union.

Work begins on setting up PCS Locals
Branches in Newcastle have agreed to set up the first PCS Local as work gets underway to establish the new groups in multi-employer sites to bring on a new generation of union activists and take PCS into our communities.

Get involved: ‘Rediscovering Our Spirit’ for LGBT+ History Month
PCS Proud is preparing a range of events and resources that will look back at the historic links that have helped forge and strengthen the LGBT+ community. Take part and get involved with your own events in February.

Pushing neurodiversity onto the employer’s agenda
Reps in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have represented numerous members whose neurodivergence has affected their work life, and they’ve been working hard to get the employer to take the broader issue more seriously.

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