Dave Burke DWP

For DWP Assistant Secretary

I am standing for re-election as a Group Assistant Secretary on the basis of my record of achievement. The new year started in DWP with the introduction, on 4th January 2022, of improved flexibility for part-time members to use their paid break time in the lunch time period. I negotiated the abolition of the15-minute restriction for part-time employees when using their paid break time in the lunch time period.

I ask for your support in this election, as a candidate for Group Assistant Secretary, so that I may continue to achieve further improvements for all members and continue to provide essential support for PCS members and representatives for attendance management and disciplinary cases.

I have achieved the reinstatement of unfairly dismissed members and the withdrawal of unfair written warnings due to the knowledge and skills I have developed over 20 years’ service to the Union as an Assistant Secretary. I have negotiated:

  • the inclusion of the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness into DWP HR procedures including attendance management, disciplinary and grievance procedures. 
  • a welfare orientated approach for attendance management which has delivered a significant reduction in warnings and dismissals.
  • a new approach for performance management with the abolition of the unfair and discriminatory rating system.

Over the next period the employment rights of members must be effectively defended and improved. I am asking for your support for re-election in 2022 so that I may continue to use my knowledge of policy precedents and employment case law to defend job security and negotiate to achieve better terms and conditions for all members in DWP.