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This is the webpage for the DWP Sheffield branch of the Public and Commercial Services Union. The branch represents union members working in DWP buildings  in Jobcentres, Sheffield Contact Centre and Benefit Centres, and small numbers of members in NINO Allocation, DWP Visits, WSD District Office, Compliance and Fraud. Our members work across the city area in Cavendish Court, Bailey Court, Hartshead Square, Hillsborough Jobcentre, Eastern Avenue Jobcentre, Woodhouse Jobcentre, and Chapeltown Jobcentre.”

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About PCS:

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) is the fifth largest trade union in the UK, with over 300,000 members.

We are organised throughout the civil service and government agencies, making us the UK’s largest civil service trade union.

We also organise widely in the private sector, usually in areas that have been privatised.

We are a democratic organisation, run by our members, for our members. We campaign for fair pay and conditions, decent pensions for all and equality in the workplace and beyond.

The branch holds monthly Branch Executive Committee meetings, which comprise all branch reps and Health and Safety and ULR reps are also invited to attend. These parts of the branch have their own committees and structures too.

We feel we have a good record of success with communication with members, and an excellent level of membership density (75%) considering the amount of short-term contract (FTA) recruitment that JCP has been doing recently.

The branch has spent the last year campaigning for the retention of benefit processing in Hartshead Square BDC as it was threatened to be transferred to the Contact Centre Directorate. This transfer has now taken place but we continue to campaign. Watch this space.

We have also taken recent industrial action over the threatened changes to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme. PCS has since won a court case to be involved in any negotiated changes. The branch is of the opinion that any changes made must be for the benefit of all staff, as we currently have a two-tier workforce due to concessions agreed in the 2006 Pensions Deal. We must now bring all staff, and guarantee for future staff, into line with the most priveliged staff in the Civil Service.

The branch has also worked very hard to retain Fixed Term Appointment (FTA) staff in our city. These staff were brought in to cover a ‘time-bound piece of work’ which was identified as the recession, but are due for dismissal within a few months time, if not immediately. We do not believe that the unemployment and social security issues caused by the financial crash are going away any time soon, and that the staff brought on in this period are now very experienced and an asset to the Department. We hope that all of our members will join with us to support these staff.

The branch is also committed to fighting the Coalition government cuts in the civil service and wider, and as such we support the PCS ‘There Is An Alternative’ campaign. In addition, our branch was seminal in forming the Sheffield Anti Cuts Alliance and wrote and proposed the motion that originally put it to the Sheffield Trades Council.

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