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PCS Conference condemns use of zero hours contracts

May 23, 2014

The issue of zero-hours contracts saw passionate speeches from delegates who condemned their exploitative nature and warned that they are spreading. Moving motion 86, Rob Russell of DWP Birmingham South, said: “These contracts exist to benefit the employer and exploit the employee…they hark back to the time of Dickens. They are about greed and...
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Branch calls on NEC to support members at work

May 23, 2014

Wednesday afternoon was a busy afternoon for the West Croydon branch as the branch moved two motions for debate at the packed Brighton Conference Centre. The first – motion A45 on PCS support for PCS members in Employment Tribunal cases was moved by branch treasurer Andrew Leng. Andrew began by setting out the attack...
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West Croydon Chair calls on conference delegates to stop waffling

May 23, 2014

On Wednesday morning the Home Office West Croydon branch chair Jon Morgan called on conference delegates (and the NEC)  to stop waffling when it comes to writing their conference motions. Motion A26, which Jon was moving, called for a word limit of 500 words for motions to conference to be introduced. In explaining the...
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PCS NEC election results 2014

May 10, 2014

The results of the election for members of our national executive committee are now available. The full breakdown of the results and turnout are set out below, as provided by the independent scrutineers. Voting closed at noon on 8 May, 2014  Number of eligible voters: 227,337 Votes cast by post: 18,107 Total number of...
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Sanctions ineffective, jobcentre staff say

May 4, 2014

Jobcentre staff do not believe stopping people’s benefits encourages them to look for work, according to our new survey. Echoing the government’s own research, in a survey of our members who work as jobcentre advisors, 70% of respondents said sanctions had no positive impact. More than three quarters of those who took part said...
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Striking against Land Registry cuts

May 4, 2014

Our members working for the Land Registry will hold a two-day strike against privatisation, job cuts and office closures. We have organised a massive campaign, with the support of industry professionals and MPs, against proposals to privatise the Land Registry. The strike on 14 and 15 May is part of this campaign but specifically...
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George Osborne loser in Robin Hood Tax judgement

May 4, 2014

The European Court of Justice has thrown out the UK Treasury’s legal challenge to the Robin Hood Tax. The UK Treasury challenged a decision that allows “enhanced co-operation” between 11 countries, including France and Germany, who have proposed the financial transaction tax (FTT). The government argues that the tax would threaten the City of...
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Flexible Working Requests

Parents of children aged under 17 and disabled children under 18 as well as carers of adults, have a...
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BORDER CASEWORK 2: ‘THE MENU OF OPTIONS’

Following MB05/14, and following a meeting with PCS on 23rd January 2014, UKVI published their ‘Menu of Options’ for...
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PCS Rep wins out of court settlement on representational rights

Last year Lee Rock, a PCS representative in the Department of Work and Pensions, was sacked from his employment....
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Uniform Roll Out

Kneepad Provision PCS and members have repeatedly raised concerns with the lack of integral knee pads in the new...
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ANNUALISED HOURS WORKING (AHW)

HO/MB/123/13 was issued to members on 26 November and sought to provide information around the Department’s second ‘bribe’ of...
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Border Casework Disaster

Members may recall Members briefings 108/12 and 14/13 detailing the proposed Border Casework move from Border Force into UKBA....
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Facility Time Guidance for PCS Members, Reps and Managers

As we set out earlier the Home Office’s Employee Relations Team, or more specifically, some senior managers within that...
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How the Home Office is trying to prevent your Union from representing you

In the Home Office Headquarters in Marsham Street, there is a small unit called the ‘Employee Relations Team’. They...
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Border Force Intelligence

PCS had a conference call with BF Intelligence Management on Monday 16th December at 1600 hours, to discuss their...
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Local News

East Croydon Branch AGM

The PCS HO East Croydon Branch Annual General Meeting will take place on 3rd...

West Croydon Branch Annual Report and AGM Reminder

On the 25 February the West Croydon Branch will be be holding its Annual...

Croydon Reporting Centre

Late last week a small number of members in the Reporting Centre raised the...

Facility Time Guidance for PCS Members, Reps and Managers

As we set out earlier the Home Office’s Employee Relations Team, or more specifically,...

Employment Tribunal Success in Unpaid Wages Claim

Acting on behalf of a PCS member a Croydon based union representative submitted an...

We’re All in this Together: A Musical Interlude

As the festive period comes to an end and the prospect of another year...

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