Teachers to join doctors, time for united strike action!!

Teachers give standing ovation to  BMA speaker calling for joint action between doctors and teachers

  • Teachers at the NUT Easter conference have voted to ballot for national strike action and for coordination with Junior Doctors.  
  • The BMA will escalate to all out strike action at the end of April.
  • PCS should join them to open another front against the Tories while they are in disarray!

This is surely the best way to take on the attacks our members are facing from all sides and to grasp the opportunity for a coordinated fight back against the government.

THE BEST CHANCE FOR A FIGHT AGAINST ATTACKS FROM ALL SIDES

The PCS NEC will table a motion to our annual conference in May calling for a continued campaign against the pay freeze “which includes commitments to press for coordinated action across the trade union movement to break the pay cap” and to “coordinate group and branch disputes”.

That is welcome. But our members are under attack from all sides, and it seems to me now is the best chance for a while to really make a stand. This is a National Strategy motion that National Gallery branch have submitted to conference.

The Junior Doctors have led the way, but others are joining in. The Tories are weakened by their in-fighting over Europe. The opposition to welfare cuts and tax injustice has begun to crack open the government plans.

Members in HMRC are consulting over what action to take over office closures and redundancies. If national action connects with the oppsition to Tory policies it would gain massive support.

In DWP we face possible attacks on our conditions because of Universal Credit which becomes more dis-credited every day.

PCS members in museums have already been fighting to defend their weekends. In Wales six museums struck over Easter. In Scotland they suspended their action after being promised a new offer.

The Land Registry is back under threat of privatisation again. PCS members saw off the attack before – we can do it again.

It is brilliant that PCS is backing a Major Demo in Sheffield 9 April to say no to BIS office closures.

We should do everything we can to support it and come behind all of these fightbacks. Our experience at National Gallery shows we can win when that happens.

But if we really want to start to turn the tide we know we need national action on the widest possible basis and now seems as good a time as ever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish weekend strikes suspended – now all out to support Wales!!

A new offer has been made after the threat of 6 weeks of strikes by PCS members in Scotland fighting over weekend pay!! So strikes in National Museums Scotland have been suspended.

But strikes at 6 museums in Wales will still go ahead over Easter so now we need to go all out to support them!

Declaring ‘no confidence’ in management as strikes launched

Please like their facebook page and Sign the petition for fair pay at NMW .

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Account name: PCS Amgueddfa Cymru 107006 Branch
Account number: 20331827
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Disability campaigners occupy Parliament

Well done for the fantastic action by Disabled People Against the Cuts protesting against benefit cuts in parliament during Prime Ministers Question time.  See the BBC stopped from filming and John McDonnell addressing the protest!

More information and donate to DPAC here

NATIONAL MUSEUMS SCOTLAND & WALES STRIKING OVER WEEKENDS AND PAY

Scottish museums crop

NATIONAL MUSEUMS SCOTLAND AND WALES JOIN JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKING TO SAVE OUR WEEKENDS & DEFEND OUR PAY

  • PCS NATIONAL MUSEUM WALES  Six museums on strike over Easter
  • PCS NATIONAL MUSUEMS SCOTLAND On strike for the next six weekends
  • JUNIOR DOCTORS On strike 6-8 and 26-28 April

 

NATIMuseum staff gathered outside the Swansea's National WaterfrontONAL MUSEUM WALES

Strikes were suspended in September but are now back on and need urgent support  BBC report here      Sign the petition         Post messages of support

 

NATIONAL MUSEUMS SCOTLAND 

Major escalation of PCS strikes over weekend pay

Six weeks of action will be held on

  • 26-27 March
  • 2-3 April
  • 9-10 April
  • 16-17 April
  • 23-24 April
  • 30 April – 1 May

Post messages of support here

 

Sheffield March and Rally to #SaveBISSheffield

09 April #SaveBISSheffield March and Rally with Mark Serwotka

Sheffield March and Rally to #SaveBISSheffield!

Saturday 09 April 12 noon Devonshire Green Sheffield

The Tories want to move Business, Innovation and Skills, the key driver of the Northern Powerhouse, to London – what a joke.

Join the march to save jobs – and to #KeepJobsLocal. Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary will be speaking.

We could only succeed at National Gallery because we got the support of the whole union. So hope everyone who can gets behind our members fighting back in Sheffield.

Share the facebook event here

Sign the petition here

 

 

Refugees ARE welcome here !

 

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Great turn out for Stand Up to Racism demonstrations in England, Wales and Scotland. There were 20 demos across the world from New York to Greece to mark  UN Anti-racism day. Good to see PCS playing an active role.

PCS Elections 2016 – re-elect a fighting, campaigning leadership

From PCS Left Unity website pcs left unity logo

We are writing to request that you nominate and support Democracy Alliance candidates in this year’s 2016 National Executive Committee Elections to continue to lead this union. Under the leadership of the Democracy Alliance – an alliance between Left Unity and the PCS Democrats – PCS has continued to grow in strength and reputation as a fighting, campaigning, democratic union.

The Democracy Alliance led NEC has campaigned tirelessly against the Government’s “Austerity” agenda of sustained attack – an assault on jobs, pay, terms and conditions, along with increased workloads and privatisation.Working together with members and reps the Democracy Alliance NEC has achieved negotiated settlements which have protected members’ interests, including protecting many thousands from compulsory redundancy.

If we are to have any chance of victory in the face of the attack on Civil Service Jobs, Pay and terms and conditions then a strong leadership with a proven track record is required. Only a Democracy Alliance led NEC has the analysis and strategy capable of achieving such a victory.

It is likely the current NEC will be challenged by right wing candidates, who are the discredited “moderate” grouping now re-branded as 4themembers. They want us to return to a do-nothing policy of bowing down in the face of the Government’s attacks. They have campaigned in the past for NO votes in industrial action ballots and some of their candidates have argued that we can do nothing to stop the cuts and suggested partnership with a Tory government! Any gains we have won under the most difficult circumstances will be under threat if they ever returned to power.

The right wing are undemocratic and weak. They tried to prevent Mark Serwotka from taking office as General Secretary after he won his first  election and spend more time attacking their own union than the employer and the government. Only a Democracy Alliance led NEC is committed to implementing Conference policy and building a campaigning, democratic union. Given the scale of attacks from the Government a strong determined leadership is crucial. It is therefore vital the Democracy Alliance is once again returned to lead the union and defend members’ interest.

We urge every Branch to nominate the Democracy Alliance candidates (see attached leaflet) for use in your branch. If you want a strong union, please do your best to get your branch to nominate these candidates.