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PCS Weekly e-campaigns update – 2 July 02/07/2015

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Direct Debit Campaign

The Cabinet Office, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) became the latest civil service employers to either announce dates for check off withdrawal or enter into the consultation which will lead to withdrawal. With the new Tory government now installed we are expecting all Ministers to instigate check off withdrawal as part of the continued programme of attacking the union whilst undermining workers’ rights.

However, Over 136,000 PCS members have now signed up to pay their subs by Direct Debit, with 80% of members signed over in our two largest departments, the DWP and HMRC. In addition, hundreds of new members are being recruited to the union on a weekly basis and members are coming forward to support the union by taking on union activist roles. Whilst there is clearly some way to go to be assured that we have seen off this particular attack it also clear that the campaign to move members to DD has had the effect of revitalising the union in many of our workplaces.

Budget Day Protests across the country – 8 July

On Wednesday 8 July at approximately 12.30pm, Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his first Budget as part of a majority Conservative Government.

The People’s Assembly is calling a national day of protests against austerity on that day across the country. This is the second budget in just four months & it begs the question what was Osborne hiding in his last?

In London the assembly point will be at Parliament from 5:30pm. People’s Assembly will be staging a mass “die-in,” where they would like everyone if they can to lay on the ground as if they’re dead in front of Parliament to highlight the deaths caused by cuts to welfare services and benefits.

These stunts come at a great time since Ian Duncan Smith recently attempted to block the publication of “death statistics” that will reveal how many people have died within six weeks of their benefits being stopped.

On 8 July they will also be protesting in support of the numerous unions on strike on the day. People’s Assembly say it will be a day of broad and solid action!

To find out where your local protest is taking place, visit the website for more information.

Make Pensions Equal

Join the campaign for full equalisation in survivor benefits in pension schemes by signing this petition: https://go.allout.org/en/a/equal-pensions/ TUC LGBT conference delegates voted for this issue to go to TUC Congress 2015.

Currently, some widowers, surviving civil partners and same-sex spouses receive a lot less each year than widows just because of their gender and/or sexual orientation. For the surviving partner/spouse it can mean the difference between a life of some comfort or poverty particularly in older age.

The government says equalisation of pensions benefits equals more costs to pension schemes. We say there is no room for discrimination. We say, years of unequal treatment has actually meant pensions schemes have made savings – so now is the time to ‘pay the bill’ and pay back what we have put into our pensions: https://go.allout.org/en/a/equal-pensions/

You can also visit the PCS equality and TUC pages

PCS the Campaigning Union: Get Involved

You can help to support PCS campaigns by by visiting our campaign pages for our current e-actions and email your MP directly, download our calendar of events for activities or visit our website for more information about our campaigns.

If you would like to be included in this weekly campaigns update or have events for the calendar email maryo@pcs.org.uk

Kind Regards

Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah
Head of Campaigns

Public & Commercial Services (PCS)
160 Falcon Road
London SW11 2LN

Tel: 020 7801 2820
Web: http://www.pcs.org.uk/campaigns

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