PCS union launches legal action against Home Office over check-off removal

Earlier this year PCS successfully concluded a protracted indirect discrimination legal claim on behalf of members. That claim, which that went all the way to the Supreme Court, resulted in more than £1 million compensation being awarded to members within the department who alleged they had been discriminated against. It has just been announced that … Continue reading PCS union launches legal action against Home Office over check-off removal

PCS General Secretary election due to start in November

On 7 November 2019 union members in the PCS will begin voting to decide who will be be the General Secretary of the union for the next five years. Under union rules a candidate must have a minimum of 15 branch nominations in order to make it onto the national ballot, three candidates met this … Continue reading PCS General Secretary election due to start in November

Trade Unions Should Learn from Francis Maude’s Attack on PCS Union

Unions in the Civil Service face a herculean task in needing to get each and every union member to effectively re-join their union following Francis Maude's pressure to withdraw the ability of union members to pay their subscriptions direct from their salary. The challenge is one other unions can learn from.  In his article for … Continue reading Trade Unions Should Learn from Francis Maude’s Attack on PCS Union

Mark Serwotka Responds on Suspension of PCS Union Elections

The decision of the PCS Union's National Executive Committee to suspend the union's internal democracy as it relates to elections for the NEC and group committee is understandably a very contentious one; it is also one I disagree with as I have set out before. One PCS branch, the Bootle HMRC branch (I am sure … Continue reading Mark Serwotka Responds on Suspension of PCS Union Elections

ACAS Code of Practice after Toal v GB Oils

In 2013 the Employment Appeal Tribunal delivered its important judgement on trade union rights in Toal v GB Oils. The case was in the interpretation of the right of a worker to be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance meeting by a trade union representative of their choosing. Section 10(2) of the Employment Relations Act … Continue reading ACAS Code of Practice after Toal v GB Oils

Academics call on Civil Service to adopt a more constructive approach to industrial relations

Professor Gregor Gall has joined 32 other academics in criticizing the Civil Service's approach to industrial relations in a letter to The Independent last Friday: As scholars of industrial and employment relations, we condemn the unilateral action by the Coalition Government to remove the “check off” arrangements from the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union. … Continue reading Academics call on Civil Service to adopt a more constructive approach to industrial relations

PCS/Unite merger still alive, allegedly

Labour Uncut is reporting that the Unite/PCS merger is still a distinct possibility, and expects the NEC to put forward a motion to this year's ADC. Here's a snippet of the article: PCS has been wracked by well documented financial problems. The sale of the union HQ, which was agreed at the union’s national executive … Continue reading PCS/Unite merger still alive, allegedly

Why trade union elections are expensive

The reason the PCS Union NEC cancelled suspended elections this year is because of the financial cost. The figure given is that the cost to the Union is £590,000, it is not known how much of that comprises the cost of the NEC elections. Let us say however, that it is £300,000 (half the total). … Continue reading Why trade union elections are expensive

The PCS Union’s Suspension of Elections: A Preliminary View

The decision of the PCS National Executive Committee ‘to suspend’ elections in 2015 has, rightly, proved a controversial one which has generated a lot of debate. The campaign website PCS Democracy Deferred has made a forceful case that the NEC decision is in breach of the union Rules and, further, that members may find a … Continue reading The PCS Union’s Suspension of Elections: A Preliminary View