Bad Weather - Advice to Members
Now that winter is definitely here the Branch has provided some advice on what you should do if the weather has the potential to disrupt your travel arrangements.
Another Voluntary Exit Scheme Announced in DWP Operations
DWP have today announced a second phase of large scale Voluntary Exit Schemes for DWP Operations.
As with the first phase of exit schemes that were announced in September, this next phase of exits is also targeted at specific groups of staff, in particular grades, in various parts of DWP Operations.
Management expect around 2,100 staff to leave the department as a result of this latest exercise. These job losses come on top # of the 1,700 jobs being cut through the first exit schemes and the 2,000 jobs being transferred out of Operations in to the Child Maintenance Group.
Management’s reasons for holding a second voluntary exit scheme on this scale are basically the same as for the first exit scheme.
For details of the six schemes DWP are running visit the PCS website.
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.
Act Now to Stop the Outsourcing of Services
Shared Services members in DWP and DEFRA are facing privatisation on 1 November. The privatisation will result in significant numbers of redundancies, site closures and off-shoring of work. In defence of members, PCS is campaigning against the privatisation, job losses, site closures and off-shoring of work currently done by civil servants.
Staff and services are due to be transferred to private sector company Steria on 1 November, including at a site in deputy prime minister Nick Clegg's Sheffield Hallam constituency. Steria intends to cut staff and offshore work within 12 months of the transfer date.
In addition, all members in DWP and Defra face having their private data offshored along with those of tens of thousands of other civil servants. You can play your part to oppose the plans by emailing Clegg (Don't Offshore my Data) to tell him to stop the privatisation.
This current round of shared services privatisation follows on from outsourcing at the Department for Transport in June.
Take the protest to Clegg
Complete the e-action (Don't Offshore my Data) urging Clegg to stop privatisation.
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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