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PCS diary to be reinstated

May 26, 2014

The PCS diary which was withdrawn at the end of last year is to be reinstated following a motion to conference. Motion A55 noted the disappointment the decision taken by the national executive last year to discontinue the provision of free diaries to all members. The motion recognised the financial restraints placed upon PCS...
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Oppose racism wherever it is found

May 26, 2014

This year PCS conference passed motion A83 submitted by the Revenue and Customs East Midlands branch that opposed the stigmatisation of immigrants within all of the main political parties. The importance of this motion can be seen in the recent European elections results in which the UK Independence Party gained the largest share of...
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Rallying delegates for year ahead

May 25, 2014

In a rousing speech to conference, chair of our parliamentary group, John McDonnell rallied delegates for the important fight in the year ahead as we approach the general election. First however, he paid tribute to PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka who is unable to attend conference this year because of ill health John said:...
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Vital to get ready for direct debit

May 24, 2014

The Cabinet Office’s attempts to end check-off, the decades-old practice of collecting our subs, were condemned by conference delegates. In proposing motion A13 on behalf of our national executive, Derek Thompson, said the government’s attempts to end check-off were politically inspired and the most blatant attack on our union for a generation. “This is...
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Defend our reps!

May 24, 2014

West Croydon branch secretary Richard Gillingham spoke on Wednesday afternoon on the need for the union to robustly act in support of PCS reps when they are targeted by the employer when moving motion A47. Richard began by highlighting the commitments that had been made by PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka at the start...
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PCS to campaign against privatisation of shared services

May 24, 2014

The devastating impact on jobs of the privatisation of shared services was highlighted in a debate at conference. Shared service centres provide centralised corporate services that are required across a government department, or sometimes, across several departments and linked organisations, in areas such as finance, IT or HR. The privatisation of shared services is being...
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Defend social security

May 24, 2014

A fair social security system was called for in a conference debate on ‘welfare reform’. Speaking to motion A81 which noted our union’s distinguished history of campaigning against destructive ‘welfare reforms,’ our vice president John McInally said the poor, the vulnerable and the public sector had been blamed for the financial crisis. “Big corporations are making millions...
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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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Uniforms

Members will be fully aware that the new uniform is currently being delivered across the Home Office in preparation...
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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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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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