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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.

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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.

Show refugees are welcome 19 March: United Nations Anti-racism Day

Copied from PCS websiterefugees welcome here demo

PCS is supporting the UN Anti-Racism Day on 19 March with demonstrations expected across the UK.

There will be major mobilisations in London, Scotland and Wales, organised by Unite Against Fascism, joining thousands in cities across Europe and around the world to say no to racism, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and the scapegoating of migrants and say yes to diversity and that refugees are welcome here.

PCS has a proud history of campaigning against racism and fascism and it is the union’s agreed policy to oppose racist and fascist organisations in our workplaces and communities. Our anti-racism and anti-fascism work carries a strong message that PCS does not tolerate or accept racism and fascism as it has no place in our union or society.

There is a major demo in London from noon – assemble at Portland Place, W1A 1AA for a march followed by a rally in Trafalgar Square.

PCS regional and national offices are organising transport, so contact your nearest office if you are interested in attending.

Get involved

Join the Facebook event, share it and invite your friends

Download the demo leaflet

Download an ‘I’m standing up to racism’ sign – take a picture of you holding it and tweet it @antiracismday

Tweet to #RefugeesWelcome #BlackLivesMatter

STOP ATTACKS ON CIVIL SERVICE REDUNDANCY PAY

The government is seeking to make further cuts to redundancy pay to, which will affect every civil servant facing redundancy, and introduce a lower cap on the total amount which can be paid out to an individual. The government is proposing to make huge cuts to departmental budgets over the next 4 years. Cutting redundancy pay is simply an attempt to make those cuts cheaper.

The PCS NEC has launched a campaign including the following:

  • Brief our parliamentary group to raise this issue through every political channel
  • Lobby the Labour party to ask them to oppose the changes
  • Organise constituency-based lobbying of MPs, linking the cuts in redundancy provision to the issue of office closures
  • Lobby the devolved administrations to support our position
  • Organise a petition against the government’s proposals to cut civil service redundancy pay
  • Approach the Cabinet Office for facilities for members’ meetings
  • Encourage members to respond to the consultation
  • Publicise our position in members’ and branch briefings, emails to members, through the PCS website, and the union’s journals.

Potential industrial action

The NEC agreed to convene a meeting of senior lay pepresentatives across the union to explore the possibility of a programme of industrial action should negotiations not produce an acceptable outcome.

Members’ meetings

The NEC also agreed to urge branches to hold members’ meetings to build support for the campaign, also using them as recruitment and organising events. Branches will be contacted shortly with further details.

Speak out about plans here

Support PCS National Museum Wales

Jeremy Corbyn supporting our campaign
PCS members at National Museum Wales on TV joining the march in Cardiff against TU Bill 

PCS members at National Museum Wales are still fighting to defend our weekends.  They are currently balloting on the next step in the campaign.

Support fight back in DWP

Support fight back in DWP

They’ve got the money so drop the strings

I think this is really important for everyone. We managed to see off attacks at National Gallery on out of hours and weekend working but obviously has significance for all of us not just Junior Doctors – PCS members are still in dispute at National Museums Wales and Scotland over weekend working and even the English National Opera Chorus have just voted 100% for industrial action!

I also agree it is brilliant that DWP have an offer that sets a precedent by breaking the 1% pay limit and it is really important that this doesn’t come with unacceptable strings attached.

NO BACKDOOR PRIVATISATION AT V&A

As of January 2016 the V&A Museum will stop employing new museum staff directly. All new staff (from Gallery Assistants to Curators) will now be employed through the museum’s own trading company V&A Enterprises Ltd.

This ‘in-house’ backdoor privatisation is presented by the museum as a cost saving exercise and a consequence of declining budgets. Their savings will in effect be made by removing access for new staff to the Civil Service Pensions and Compensation Schemes as well as employing new starters on reduced terms & conditions (maternity & sick pay are especially affected), and preventing new staff’s access to union recognition and collective bargaining. The trade unions currently recognised by the V&A are: PCS, Prospect, & FDA. PCS created this petition.

Although the museum has committed to ‘review’ future union recognition in the Enterprises company; so far management have consistently refused to enter into negotiations with the unions over this matter, arguing that only new employees would be affected, not existing members of staff. However, this decision can only lead to a two-tier workforce, exacerbating inequalities between V&A staff and before long undermining the rights of the current workforce.

Sign the petition here