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Defend PCS reps’ right to fight for members’ jobs

August 10, 2014

PCS has launched a petition against the disciplinary action imposed on one of our reps for publicising jobcentre staff cuts. Rep George Thompson issued a press release about the number of staff to be cut at 2 north London jobcentres. Management says George breached the Department for Work and Pensions’ standards of behaviour, which...
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PCS Helplines

August 6, 2014

If you need advice or support relating to issues in your workplace, then your first port of call should be your PCS workplace rep. However, PCS have a number of helplines for members you can use, in most cases you will need your PCS membership number to access these. PCS personal and domestic legal...
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Support call for full review of sanctions

August 5, 2014

PCS are supporting a call by the grieving sister of a former soldier for a full review of benefit sanctions. David Clapson died “starving and destitute because he was penalised by the jobcentre for missing a meeting”, Gill Thompson says. Three weeks after his jobseeker’s allowance was stopped he died from diabetic -ketoacidosis –...
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Yes minister, you can count cost of cuts

August 3, 2014

A government agency-commissioned report has found it is possible to assess the full impact of disability benefits cuts, despite ministers’ claims. The demand for a proper cumulative assessment of all the cuts that affect sick and disabled people has been repeatedly refused. A petition we supported passed 100,000 signatures and led to a debate...
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Why immigration is good for all of us

July 30, 2014

As the coalition ramps up the rhetoric on limiting immigration and so-called benefits tourism we look at why immigration is good for us all. A pamphlet by think tank Class and Red Pepper magazine provides a powerful counterargument to sensationalised reports of the effects of immigration on the UK at a crucial time when media...
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Home Office announce end to check off

July 28, 2014

Last week Home Office senior managers wrote to PCS to announce that it intended to end the facility for PCS members to have their trade union subscriptions deducted directly from their salary. Recently the Department of Culture and Local Government tried the same tactic which, because of the unique status of check off in...
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Can’t get a passport in time for your holiday? This is austerity in action

July 28, 2014

Today colleagues in the Home Office group who work in Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) took strike action to call on the Passport Agency to deliver meaningful change to secure the Long Term assurances that the Agency can deliver for its customers in the face of chronic underinvestment in the public service. Only after...
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Temporary Migration dress code

Further to Members Brief HO/MB/38/14, your PCS GEC, along with the local branch PCS representatives meet with the Director...
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MOJ Privatisation Announced

On 23 June management in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced to its staff that the MoJ’s Shared Services...
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Personal information of Home Office staff may be at risk following senior manager privatisation plans

As members are aware, “Shared Services” are ‘corporate’ services such as Human Resources and Information Technology, which are run...
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Strike warning over passport crisis

PCS have told passport office bosses they could face industrial action if they fail to tackle the jobs crisis....
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Home Office in Crisis

PCS members are being balloted over the Governments’ pay cap that is squeezing members’ finances to near breaking point...
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PCS Legal Services

PCS provides a range of support, legal and personal, to all its members. In some cases, we can extend...
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Uniform Uncertainty

PCS Croydon are aware of recent proposals currently under a ‘period of consultation’ that there should be an implementation...
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HMPO in chaos

Members in HMPO will have seen the email from CEO Paul Pugh on 27th May 2014, and an email...
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PCS member consultation and Home Office leave restrictions imposed

Delegates to the PCS national conference last week voted overwhelmingly for a strategy with other public sector unions over pay based...
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Local News

Oppose the Tory attack on trade union democracy

This is the final report from the West Croydon branch on the branch’s involvement...

Underpayment of salaries in PEO Croydon

The West Croydon branch have just issued a branch briefing to all members based...

Blacklisting the blacklisters

Reports are emerging that the newly elected Labour led Croydon Council have pledged to...

Oppose racism wherever it is found

This year PCS conference passed motion A83 submitted by the Revenue and Customs East...

Defend our reps!

West Croydon branch secretary Richard Gillingham spoke on Wednesday afternoon on the need for...

Branch calls on NEC to support members at work

Wednesday afternoon was a busy afternoon for the West Croydon branch as the branch...

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