Activate magazine

Coronavirus is dominating the thoughts, time and efforts of our hard-working activists and staff at the moment. The impact on everyone’s work and home lives is almost incalculable and, sadly, some of our members are suffering tragic personal loss.

As a team of reps, advocates, and PCS staff, we’re doing all we can to respond to members’ needs during this ever-changing situation, while keeping everyone safe.

We’re also highlighting some of the stellar work that our reps are doing under extraordinary circumstances. This is just the tip of the iceberg – we want to thank each and every one of you for all the extra work and energy you’re putting in to keep members safe and well informed.

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Stay safe, and we hope to see you all again soon.

In this edition:

PCS makes organising changes for pandemic period
The way PCS is organised has temporarily changed in order to ensure the union can still be there for members during the coronavirus pandemic, while keeping staff and reps safe.

Corona crisis: the life of a PCS health and safety rep
Health and safety reps are bearing a heavy burden during the coronavirus pandemic. One rep describes what life has been like over the last few weeks.

‘We're still here and we're still listening’
A self-isolating branch learning coordinator tells Activate how she’s been staying in touch with members and highlighting opportunities for learning while they’re at home.

Recruiting new members during lockdown
Many new members have joined PCS since mid-March, including at Southbank Centre, where 40 new members were recruited in 10 days, using social media.

Adapting PCS training for online learning
PCS is working hard to keep as much of the union’s education programme running online as possible, as face-to-face courses are currently not taking place. 

Coronavirus: tips for coping during lockdown
Many members have found themselves navigating a whole new dynamic in their work and personal lives. We give a round-up of advice on looking after you and your household’s mental and physical health.

Representing Members: ‘We won by going through it with a fine toothcomb
Picking apart statements made to an investigation against four PCS members, to find holes in the management’s case, resulted in a decision that three of them had no case to answer.

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