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Rallies and Marches on 10 July

Colleagues,
Please see below details of all marches and rallies being held in the region on 10th July:

Preston
11.00am - Assemble from 11am Corn Market, Lune Street
11.45am - Move off
12.00pm - Rally starts Flag Market
1.00pm - Rally ends
(PCS Speaker: TBC)

Liverpool
10.30am - Assemble Pier Head
11.00am - Move off
12.30pm - Rally starts at St. George's Plateau
1.30pm - Rally ends
(PCS Speaker: Paula Brown)

Manchester
Rally only
12.30pm-1.30pm - Piccadilly Gardens
(PCS Speaker: Sue Bond)

Chester
Rally arranged by Trades Council currently being arranged at Town Hall Square.
(PCS Speaker: Optional/TBC)


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.
We have an existing industrial action mandate but our annual delegateconference in Brighton in May agreed to ask our members to vote 'yes' in a consultative ballot on our national campaign running from 12-30 June.

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.
Now it?s time to show your strength of feeling by joining one of the largest strikes for decades on 10 July:

  • End the government?s pay freeze
  • Win a fair settlement on our pay claim

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:

  • A 1 % consolidated increase to all staff
  • No pay progression
  • A 3% increase on the AA minimum
  • No non consolidated payments to staff with a ?must Improve? box marking
  • No increase at all for staff with both a must improve marking and who have commenced formal poor performance action during the 3013/14 year

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.

Steve Bramhill
Branch Secretary


Leaving DWP?

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.
Around 30 pickets including several ordinary members made a lively picket line.

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.
National Executive Committee Elections - Branch Recommendations Word Doc


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 direct debit.
See our bulletin Attack On PCS - Make sure you remain a member! Word Doc


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:
Walsall Pension Centre (Jan to Mar 2014)
Plymouth Benefit Centre (Jan to Mar 2014)
Leicester Pension Centre (April to June 2014)
Leicester Benefit Centre (July to Sept 2014)
Coatbridge Benefit Centre (July to Sept 2014)
Newcastle Contact Centre (July to Sept 2014)
Newcastle Benefit Centre (Sept to Dec 2014)
Glasgow Springburn Contact Centre (Sept to Dec 2014)
Kilmarnock Benefit Centre (Jan to Mar 2015)
Greenock Benefit Centre (Jan to Mar 2015)

Voluntary Transfers on Merseyside
In all 2,000 staff will transfer to CMG. In addition to these transfers DWP want a further 200 people from Garston and Bootle contact centres to volunteer to move to the CMG site at Birkenhead. Clearly this puts our branch members at Garston in a better position than those at the centres who are not being offered a choice. We believe the action taken last year by Merseyside members in opposing compulsory transfers has a bearing on this decision! Management have said if they don?t get enough volunteers they?ll talk to PCS about what they plan to do to resolve that.

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.
BEFORE you volunteer to transfer to CMG read our circular Voluntary Transfers to Child Maintenance Group.
GMG having differing terms and conditions which you may need to consider before making a decsion 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
Electronic Media - Social Media Word Doc


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The GEC will send out text messages on key group issues, campaigns, negotiations and about any industrial action or events in the group and may also send you information about PCS wide issues.

The GEC can also direct specific texts to branch secretaries, organisers and union learning reps.

To subscribe:
Just fill in your details on the DWP Website and your name will be added to the system. Please remember to specify if you wish to be included in the texts for branch secretaries, organisers or union learning reps.
There is NO charge to receive these texts, this service is absolutely free to PCS members !!!

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You can also sign up to text alerts and an e-newsletter from PCS nationally.
Visit the National website to register for this service.
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