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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.