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Updates on the National Campaign 25/09/2012

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See below two recent updates from PCS on the national campaign and a link here to a letter to Robert Devereux about the Pay Campaign: http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/department_for_work_and_pensions_group/dwp-news.cfm/id/82DD50F7-86DB-4A23-8B3FC41A96DC1C71

National campaign

Reps briefings: Almost 20 reps briefings on our national campaign have been held across the country this week and feedback has been positive. During the next two weeks over 30 more will be held with reps and we hope to brief over 1,000 reps on the next steps of our campaign and the priorities for PCS in the coming months.


Alternative newsletter: Please see attached the latest edition of the Alternative newsletter. It focuses on how pay cuts are making our members lives a misery and also the importance of building for the TUC national demo on 20 October. The newsletter is being sent out to all named reps this week along with some ‘no to austerity’ stickers. Copies of the newsletter will also be sent to regional offices and it’ll also be available to read online.


20 October

Attached is an interactive PDF that reps can use to advertise their specific transport arrangements with members in their workplace. Please circulate this to your networks and encourage reps to use this to get members along to the demo on 20 October.


Disputes update

Members in DfT and EFRA are taking part in co-ordinated action today over job cuts and conditions. DfT offices across the country have picket lines and EFRA are walking out at 1.30pm today and there will be a march and rally in London.


Facility time consultation response

Please see attached our response to the facility time consultation. This was posted on our intranet earlier this week as a policy brief (pb-014). It’ll also be published on our website so reps can view it


UpRise anti-racism festival

PCS has again agreed to support the UpRise anti-racist festival in London on Sunday 30 September, 1-10pm CRE8 Lifestyle Centre at The Old Baths, 80 Eastway, Hackney Wick, London E9 5HJ. The UpRise Festival comprises of live music, live art, DJ’s, debate, speakers, comedy, community stalls, games, workshops, debate room and much more, see  http://uprise.org.uk/ for further info. Please pass details of this event to your networks and encourage reps and members to attend.


Steve Cawkwell

PCS DWP National Organiser

To All DWP Branches


Please find below this week’s national campaigns update.


Regional reps briefings

The regional reps briefings on the national pay and pensions campaign start next week. These briefings are for branches to discuss in detail the national strategy as well as update branches on the mobilisation for 20 October to maximize support for the next stages of national action.


Details of the events are being posted by regions and nations on their web-pages and should be listed at www.pcs.org.uk/events


20 October – subsidised transport

Subsidised transport is being laid on from all corners of the country to ensure record numbers of trade union members and their families can march on 20 October and demand a positive alternative to austerity. Please publicise these details as widely as possible. Details at www.pcs.org.uk/hoponboard


Austerity pay calculator

Our austerity pay calculator demonstrates to members how much they could lose because of the pay freeze/pay cap, increasing pension contributions and rises in the cost of living. Please promote this with your members. www.pcs.org.uk/paycalculator


DfT and DEFRA strikes

Members in both the Department for Transport and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are taking strike action on 21 September against cuts to pay, jobs and terms and conditions. DfT members will be taking a one day strike while members in DEFRA will be walking out between 2-5pm. A joint demonstration is being planned for the afternoon in central London and more details will be made available on the website once confirmed. Please ensure members in your area are aware of the action and send messages of support to dftgroup@pcs.org.uk.



The PCS delegation to TUC succeeded in speaking on a record number of motions on issues including equality, health and safety and pensions. The motion was carried calling for coordinated strike action across both the public and private sector and there was support agreed for the 68 is too late campaign. The fringe events were well received and encouraged debate and discussion on how to further our campaigns. Our press releases for the week covering the debates we covered are all available on the website. www.pcs.org.uk


Pensions Bill

The Public Sector Pensions Bill was introduced into parliament this week. It will receive its 2nd reading, which will be MP’s first opportunity to raise issues of concern, on 22 October. At TUC we called for industrial action over pensions as well as pay as soon as possible after the march on 20 October. We will be backing up our industrial campaign in parliament and briefing MPs ahead of the bill’s 2nd reading. A press statement is on the website.


Save our nurseries

A campaign has been launched to save nurseries in HMRC. These facilities in Blackburn, Cardiff, East Kilbride, Leeds, Leicester, Nottingham, Salford and Wolverhampton provide decent, affordable childcare to civil servants and other workers in these local areas. There are a number of local protests taking place in opposition to the closures for which we have produced leaflets (attached) and banners. The latest information is on the group’s website www.pcs.org.uk/rc


Over 2,000 people have already sign the petition against the closures. Please make sure you and your members add their names at bit.ly/OftEwo


Celebrate 10 years of Love Music Hate Racism

This Saturday LMHR will celebrate their 10th anniversary with a grand bash in East London’s famous Rich Mix venue. The day will feature lively discussion forums with expert panels, thought provoking films in the on-site cinemas as well as the quality live acts you’d expect.


Come and join the party http://lovemusichateracism.com/2012/07/lmhr-10th-anniversary-event/


See the PCS video with a message of solidarity on Youtube http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=w_-p0rVs_v0


Green Party conference

Thanks to the hard work of some dedicated volunteers, PCS had a stall at Green Party conference where delegates were delighted to see the broad work of the union on environmental issues and social justice matters such as the national campaign.


Steve Cawkwell

PCS DWP National Organiser

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