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Donate to the Free Representation Unit

March 1, 2014

At the West Croydon branch Annual General Meeting members voted to ensure the valuable work of the Free Representation Unit by donating £25 to the charity, the most allowable by PCS Rules. The AGM heard how this Con-Dem government had slashed legal aid funding leaving many people without recourse to law and that, together...
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Calling all Croydon: Back the day of action against ATOS this Wednesday

February 17, 2014

PCS are supporting a national day of action against multinational ATOS and the work capability assessments. The protests, supported by campaign groups Disabled people Against the Cuts (DPAC) and Black Triangle, on Wednesday (19th February), are aimed at the hugely unpopular work capability assessments, carried out by the French multinational. We are backing these protests...
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Right to request time off to train

February 14, 2014

From 6 April 2010, 11 million people who work in organisations with 250 or more employees, have the new right to ask for time away from work to undertake training that they believe will improve their performance and be beneficial to the business. This statutory (legal) right is known as ‘time to train’. To...
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Millions abandoned as government plots to close tax centres

February 14, 2014

Millions of taxpayers are being abandoned as the government confirmed on Wednesday it will close its face-to-face enquiry centres. The closure of the UK’s 281 walk-in tax offices, expected to take place by the end of June, will mean more than 2.5 million pensioners, vulnerable workers and tax credit claimants will lose a vital...
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Met Police staff suspend planned strike

February 10, 2014

PCS Metropolitan Police members who were due to strike this week over pay have suspended their action to allow for further talks. The staff, who have previously taken action against the imposition of a below-inflation 1% pay rise, had been due to strike on Wednesday and Thursday. An offer was made to PCS last Thursday to...
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Agency workers have rights too!

February 9, 2014

The PCS Croydon branches have been gaining an increasing number of agency worker members in recent weeks, this is not surprising given the Home Office’s general desire to casualise its workforce. Some estimates put the total agency worker count to amount to 10% of the Home Office’s total headcount. In this context it is...
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Protect your right to pay your subs your way

February 9, 2014

The government is launching another attack on our ability to represent members by plotting to end the practice of collecting monthly union subs directly from salaries. This long-established system for payment, known as ‘check-off’, was introduced as a helpful and inexpensive way for the employer, trade union members and trade unions to work together...
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Sickness Trigger Points

As members will be aware the Home Office has in recent years moved to a policy of issuing staff...
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PDR 2013/14

The 2012-2013 reporting year was the first in which the Home Office used a three tiered ‘forced ranking’ system...
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ANNUALISED HOURS WORKING (AHW) AHA Opt-in (G3-2 AAA position)

Against a background of widespread intimidation and bullying (described by one senior manager at the time as ‘a campaign’),...
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DBS Change in Status

Management in the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) made an announcement regarding a potentially massive development relating to the...
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PCS PEO AHW Explanation

Members within PEO will be fully aware of the implementation of the New Operational Model (NOM) for the PEO...
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International Group changes

PCS met with UK Visas and Immigration (UKV&I) on 1stNovember 2013 to be updated on severalchanges taking place, and...
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Home Office Group Call Centre Workers Network

Across the Home Office Group many members work in “Call Centres” although they will have evolved their own particular...
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Time for the Home Office to take heed on performance monitoring

Home Office management are not backward in repeating the mantra to us, that “we need to be more like...
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Home Office employee sacked after making a complaint of bullying was unfairly dismissed

Members will recall previous branch updates on the case of Kevin Smith who was sacked by the Home Office...
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Local News

L& SE Scene

The latest edition of PCS’ L & SE Scene magazine is now out, with...

Rail Safety is a PCS Union Problem Too

Every day hundreds of PCS members travel into Croydon via Clapham Junction station. Thursday...

Aged 27 or less? Then join the Young Members Network

The PCS Young Members Network is open to all PCS members aged 27 years...

PCS write to NRC over equality concerns

The West Croydon branch have written to manager in the National Removals Centre over...

Get your motions ready now for AGM

In February 2014 branches across the Home Office group will hold their Annual General...

Branch seeks 2014 group election clarification

Following instructions from the Branch Executive Committee West Croydon branch officers have written to...

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