Rallies and Marches on 10 July
Striking for Fair Pay on 10 July
We are urging members to strike on 10 July and join millions of public sector workers across the UK who have had enough of having their pay frozen or capped.
Our National Executive took the decision today to back joint action with other unions, following an overwhelming 73.7% yes vote of those who voted in the recent consultative ballot asking members to back our 'We all need a pay rise campaign,' starting with a 1-day strike on 10 July.
The campaign will continue after 10 July with targeted action and potentially more joint union action.
We have sought central talks on our national pay claim of £1,200 or 5% for all civil service and related staff.
We must force the government to end the pay cap, to succeed with it.
Strength of feeling
Members have voted to take action for fair pay, alongside colleagues from other unions, including teachers and local government workers. NHS workers and others will be balloting for joint action in the autumn.
We have been campaigning for meaningful national negotiations on pay, jobs, and terms and conditions. Sending a clear, united message on 10 July is the best way to put pressure on the government to come to a fair settlement.
What can I do?
Pay 2014 - PCS Rejects the DWP 2014 Pay Offer
Following the conclusion of talks DWP have now published their pay offer for 2014 The main points of the offer are:
PCS DWP Group has rejected this derisory offer on behalf of members. There will not be a separate pay ballot in DWP as members are already being asked to vote across the civil service on a notional campaign which includes pay. DWP has granted 30 minutes time for members to have meetings on pay please look out for the date of your meeting.
Up to 2,000 DWP staff are due to leave in the near future on various exit schemes. The PCS Associate and Retired Members (ARMs) is a way that PCS members leaving the DWP can stay in their Union for less than 50p per week.
By reataining your PCS membership as an ARMs member you continue enjoy membership benefits and continue to have a collective voice on those things that affect your everyday life.
Before leaving or retiring from work why not see your local PCS representative for an application form or for more details.
Remember that things you look forward to in retirement, such as pensions and benefits, are not fixed in stone. A fair state pension linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI), an end to fuel poverty and good social care provision ? free at the point of need and funded by the state through taxation. These are all things that ARM?s fight?s for as well as defending the NHS against further cuts and privatisation.
ARMs members are already playing an important role in supporting the national campaign, including political lobbying and other campaign activity.
For more information and to download the ARMs membership application form please visit the "About ARMs" page on the PCS website.
Garston Strike Well Supported
95% of PCS members at Garston Contact Centre in Liverpool supported a one strike today Friday 16 May to fight the proposed closure of their office and forced transfer to Bootle or Birkenhead.
Members are angry because management say they need to close the office to save money but they have not taking into account the needs of the staff. Garston, Bootle and Birkenhead are not offices next door to one another. Most members will face difficult journeys and even management accept that a good number of staff are outside their contractual mobility for both offices.
Over a 1,000 DWP jobs have been cut in Liverpool and many members at Garston are only there because they had to move there when DWP shut Liverpool Pensions and Liverpool Call centres.
For some staff closing Garston would mean their second and in some cases third forced transfer due to cuts and office closures over the last decade.
The DWP Group Executive Committee (GEC) has opposed the closure and pressed management to make the Workforce Management Redeployment Package (this provides staff with additional support to facilitate transfers outside of mobility) available. PCS also pressed for Excess fares to be extended to 5 years and for staff to be allowed to move to other nearby by offices. Management have not budged so far on any of these measures that would help PCS members at Garston Management say this is a lift and drop of the work but you can?t lift and drop people, especially when they have health, family and travel problems. The GEC say this is a closure too far.
PCS continues to be ready and available to talk but DWP must offer much more help to staff affected.
Latest Branch Circular
Includes Branch Nominations for National Executive Meeting, a request to get your union subscriptions paid directly to the
union by direct debit and details of the mandating meeting.
CMG Annual Leave
In November 2013 an agreement was secured by PCS to bring CMG into line with the rest of DWP and calculate leave availability using only staff contracted to work on any given day. This was to be implemented from January.
Yet no information has yet been issued by CMG management causing problems for staff booking 2014 leave and missing out on good advanced deals for holidays. PCS members in CMG are angry at management dithering.
PCS are calling on CMG management to get the information out immediately so that staff understand what the position is and so they can book their leave as soon as possible. This is especially critical in the run up to the Easter holidays and the peak summer leave period.
Changing the Way PCS Members Pay Their Union Subscriptions
PCS is changing the way we collect our members? union subscriptions. Over the course of the next few months we will be asking all members to pay their union subs directly to PCS by direct debit.
Most of our members currently pay their subs through check off, where the money is deducted monthly from pay packets by your employer and your employer then sends the money to PCS. This has been the system that has been in operation for years. The government is now asking all departments to ?review? check off arrangements which it regards as ?undesirable?.
Whatever the government?s intentions, it is clear that we can no longer be reliant on an increasingly hostile employer. That is
why we have made the decision as a union to switch all our members from check off to direct debit. In some areas we will need to
do this at a faster rate than in others, but we expect that over the next 6-12 months we will have moved most members over to
Great Deal on Mobile Phone Contracts
PCS Members can get a great deal on mobile phone contracts and support our campaigns thanks to a new partnership with The People's Operator and are being offered special discounts on mobile tariff plans on the TPO network. At no cost to them 10% of all spend by our members on the network will be returned to the union by TPO to help fund our campaigns.
PCS members and their families can choose from TPO?s full range of pay monthly and pay as you go packages. They can also receive one month free on the TPO unlimited £14.99 monthly deal, including unlimited standard UK mobile and landline calls, UK text messages and mobile internet browsing, subject to a fair usage policy. It's easy to switch and you can even bring your existing number with you.
PCS will use the extra funding we receive from TPO to support campaigns for members, such as: the campaigns for decent pay increases and a living wage, against the government?s plans to raise pension contributions and retirement age, and against cuts and privatisation.
Find out more about TPO and its offer for PCS members.
Voluntary Transfers to Child Maintenance Group
A week ago the DWP announced that a number of sites were to be transferred to the Child Maintenance Group (CMG). The
sites and the dates for transfer are listed below:
Voluntary Transfers on Merseyside
On top of all this there was a recent exercise to get around 17 Band B (AO) volunteers to move from the jobcentre network to CMG.
We understand they?ve not found many willing to volunteer.
Electronic Media - Branch Circular
The DWP Electronic Media Policy has been updated to include guidance to staff about using social media such as Twitter and
Facebook. The Branch has issued some advice to those DWP staff who use social media. See
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