Vote YES in the PCS pay ballot!
Vote YES in the PCS pay ballot!
SJWWed, 11/07/2018 - 14:47

PCS, the largest civil service union is in the middle of an industrial ballot on pay. which is running from June 18 to July 23.

Over 130,000 members of the union working for government departments and their agencies and responsible bodies have been balloted in the wake of the government's refusal to lift the cap on pay or even enter into negotiations with the unions.

This is the first national statutory ballot PCS have run since the new 50% turnout threshold for union ballots came into force.

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ACAS deal wins more jobsSJWWed, 06/06/2018 - 15:21

Workers at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) have won more jobs and commitments on workload and grading following strikes.

According to the PCS union: ″Acas management has agreed to immediately recruit extra staff and keep overall conciliation staffing levels under review, with a view to further recruitment rounds to take account of ongoing service demands and staff turnover.

″Acas has also agreed to accelerate work on a new grading redesign in response to union anger at the downgrading of work.

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PCS to ballot on pay
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SJWWed, 30/05/2018 - 12:00

PCS members voted at their Annual Conference, taking place in Brighton from 22-24 May, to ballot members across the civil service for national strikes on pay.

An emergency motion from the union′s National Executive instructing the executive to ″organise a statutory ballot of members in the civil service and its related bodies on a programme of industrial action involving both all member and targeted action, to be held as soon as possible after Conference″ was overwhelmingly carried. And about time too.

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PCS elections: Vote Independent Left; build the rank-and-fileGemma_STue, 08/05/2018 - 10:30

National and Group executive committee elections are underway in the PCS union.

Touted (primarily by its leadership) as a left union, the leadership faction, Left Unity, controlled by the Socialist Party, are looking to secure a 15th year in charge of the union. Their only challenge comes from the left flank in the guise of activists from the Independent Left – a coalition of rank-and-file independents, Labour Lefties, Syndicalists and supporters of Workers Liberty.

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Public sector pay: make the unions move!MatthewWed, 31/01/2018 - 10:58

Local government workers have been offered pay rises of 2% in each of the next two years.

Further flat rate rises are promised for workers on the lowest pay, but the effect of existing top-ups which bring some of those workers up to the government’s National Living Wage is that some of them will get no pay rise at all.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 13/12/2017 - 12:24

The local government employers have proposed a two year pay offer for council and school support staff workers of 2% in 2018 and a further 2% in 2019.

Unison, GMB and Unite, as the largest unions representing local government workers, will now put the offer to their respective committees for consideration.

Initial statements from the three unions suggest they at least partially welcome a wage rise that is above the 1% pay cap, but it is well below the level needed to restore anywhere like the 20% cut that workers have faced since 2010.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 15/11/2017 - 12:44

Members of train drivers’ union Aslef working for GTR Southern voted to accept the deal recommended by their leadership to settle their long-running dispute over Driver Only Operation.

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How “slow burn” worked for the CWU
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MatthewWed, 15/11/2017 - 12:32

The Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) in the Royal Mail ballot has set the gold standard for all other major unions in the UK. It was the first nationwide strike ballot since the Trade Union Act 2016, which came fully into force in March 2017, and dictates that lawful strike action now requires a 50% turnout to vote.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 08/11/2017 - 12:56

Picturehouse workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, and East Dulwich, Crouch End, Hackney and Central Picturehouses struck on Sunday 5 and Monday 6 November for the start of Living wage week.

On 6 November the new Living Wage was announced, and in London it rose from £9.75 an hour to £10.20 an hour.

Striking on the day of this announcement meant the strike gained national press coverage, including on ITV news, as the press covered the raise in the Living Wage.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 25/10/2017 - 15:55

PCS members at Eastern Avenue Jobcentre in Sheffield started a continuous month long strike on 23 October in opposition to the closure of the site. On the same day it was announced that members at Plymouth Processing Centre, another site marked for closure had voted 76% in favour of strikes to defend that site and would begin their strikes on the 6 November.

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