Activate Issue 1 2019

With a second statutory ballot on pay now confirmed for 18 March–29 April, our organising efforts are turning up yet another notch.

Last summer’s ballot result proved that getting mass involvement and engagement from members is the key to winning the turnout and ‘yes’ vote we need.

Much has already been achieved by our hard-working reps, Advocates and officials and now we need to convert that momentum and members’ anger into a resounding victory in this ballot.

With the Cabinet Office already saying they have no intention of putting right their betrayal over pay, and having again only allocated funding for 1% pay rises in 2019, our members must now use their power to force them to listen.

Read on for more on ‘Big Organising’, tips from reps about getting members involved, and how PCS is supporting reps and advocates with a new learning culture and refreshed course programme.

In this edition:

Campaign latest: Pay ballot dates confirmed
The union’s NEC has agreed that a national ballot for industrial action will be held between 18 March and 29 April, and the campaign timetable is under way. Read more


Pay ballot needs ‘Big Organising’ tactics
In the run up to the next pay ballot the concept of ‘Big Organising’ will be brought fully into use to massively increase the power of the union, with plans including a huge phone-banking session involving 1,000 members. Read more

‘Canary Club’ hosts Festival of Democracy to get members involved
Generating mass involvement in the union is one of the top priorities of the moment, and reps in Canary Wharf have conjured up some creative ideas to get people interested, including a performance by a socialist magician. Read more

Recruiting Advocates: ‘We’re fostering the avalanche approach’
As PCS’s campaign to recruit an ‘army of Advocates’ marches on, reps at Heathrow managed to sign up 13 new volunteers at one drop-in meeting. Read more

Pilot residential course kicks off new era for PCS reps training
PCS reps from across the UK attended an exciting pilot residential trade union education course in Yorkshire in the new year, as big changes to the way we train our reps got under way. Look out for the new PCS Academy prospectus. Read more

PCS Learning: ‘Just being a member isn’t enough’
Hear from the PCS reps who took part in the five-day pilot residential course, ‘Next Steps’. Read more

Representing members: union reps’ training enters exciting new areas
PCS now supports reps with training and guidance in helping members with many issues that affect their rights and welfare at work, including neurodiversity, domestic abuse, sexual harassment, cancer, trans equality, menopause, and mental health. Read more

Unfair dismissal upheld after refusal to delay hearing
An important decision relating to union members being accompanied by their reps at disciplinary hearings has been made by an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT). Read more

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