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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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Understanding Reasonable Adjustments

February 8, 2014

Reasonable adjustments are a key part of the Equality Act 2010 (EA) and can be essential to enabling a disabled person to retain employment. Unfortunately, employers are often guilty of under-estimating the extent of their duty to make adjustments and can thus fall foul of the law. The EA puts employers under an obligation...
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PCS Rep wins out of court settlement on representational rights

February 1, 2014

Last year Lee Rock, a PCS representative in the Department of Work and Pensions, was sacked from his employment. PCS believes this dismissal was unfair and is the subject of Employment Tribunal proceedings. The DWP Sheffield branch members continue to recognise Lee as an elected PCS representative. As is their legal right PCS members...
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Exam regulators walk out in support of sacked colleague

February 1, 2014

Over 30 members working for Ofqual in Coventry staged a lunchtime walk-out on Thursday over the sacking of their colleague Sofia Azam. Sofia has been sacked for giving PCS members in Ofqual information about their jobs following a re-grading exercise. PCS believes that the action taken against Sofia is clear victimisation for carrying out...
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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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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

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...

MPLU bullying survey: findings

PCS West Croydon have begun a building wide survey of bullying, harassment and discrimination...

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