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National Campaign Summer of Action – Action Short of Strike Info, and Protest on 27th June 12-2pm, Hartshead Square 25/06/2013

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This Thursday 27th June, PCS are calling a national day of action, involving every office in the country protesting around the attacks on our pay, pensions, jobs and terms of employment.

In Sheffield, our branch will be in Hartshead Square between 12pm and 2pm with banners and information to talk to members. We encourage all members who work nearby to come out and talk to reps and other members about the campaign.

Thursday 27th June also marks the first day of the Action Short of Strike which will be running all summer and is industrial action which will impact on all members in DWP. You need to read the guidance on what you should be doing/not doing and follow it at work. The key things to remember are that while we are under Action Short of Strike you should be:

– refusing to work overtime

– working your contracted hours and no more (not building flexi)

– only do your job, not other peoples’ as well

– don’t volunteer for unpaid deputising duties

– don’t volunteer for management focus groups/working parties (including charity groups, groups to organise dress down days, that sort of thing)

– don’t compromise on health and safety

– performance management work to rule

– read your emails and the intranet

– always take your breaks

– insist on full training

– attend team meetings

– follow the correct procedures – don’t take shortcuts

There is far more information on this guidance, which is strongly recommended reading for all members.


In addition, NUT members are protesting in Sheffield City Centre outside the Department for Education building (St Paul’s Place) from 4:30pm on Thursday 27th. They are asking PCS members to show their support as they show support for our action too.






For more information on the whole summer of action, see below…

Click to get all the info from the Branch Briefing

Below, from PCS.org.uk

24 June 2013

Why you should join our national anti-cuts protests and the next steps in our national campaign.

Our general secretary Mark Serwotka said the national day of protest, involving every public sector office in the UK where there are PCS members planning activity along with rallies in towns and cities, would show our determination to stop the cuts.

“We want people to take part in events that will send the clearest message possible to George Osborne that we are not going to sit back and let you do this. We are determined to stop the cuts,” he said.

In the comprehensive spending review on 26 June the chancellor will announce further massive cuts to our services and to our members’ conditions. Our campaign aims to stop the government attacking you, your family and our services.

National consultation

The day of high-profile protest also signals the launch of a national consultation to look at how we step up the campaign to cause more disruption to put more pressure on the government to talk on fundamental issues affecting our members.

“We now need to consider how to step up this campaign to get the government to talk to us on these essential issues,” said Mark.

“We have to fight on because of the devastating consequences of what the government is doing. Confirmation of that has come in the last week where they have told us they want to slash our redundancy protection to the statutory minimum.

Maximising disruption

Our national campaign has done things differently and the action we have take over the last three months has been tailored to maximise disruption.

It is clear that this approach has been effective and caused operational problems for employers. It has slowed down the pace of the attacks on our terms and conditions. Nevertheless, on the central questions in the dispute the government still refuses to talk.

This is a very difficult dispute but one that is vital to all our futures. We are demanding an end to attacks on pay and terms and conditions and we want a fair settlement. With unity we can achieve that.

Read the latest branch briefing on the national campaign.



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