The past year have been shocking, especially for PCS members. The Pandemic has been harsh for all public sector workers. Some of us have been on the front line, traveling into work and facing dangerous conditions. Others have been coming to terms with remote working and online meetings. The world of work has changed at a rapid pace and PCS has been at the forefront of the change. Lobbying the government whilst reps organise in the workplace and represent members on personal cases.
Trade unions like PCS are the first line of defence for workers and their families. We must continue to build on our successful campaigns and legal actions to offer members much needed hope.
The past year has been a whirlwind of activity for PCS. The Parliamentary Petition “Give Government Workers A Fair Pay Rise” reached over 100K signatures demonstrate how vital PCS is in highlighting the reality of an uncaring government, for whom providing tax breaks to big business is more important than providing the people who keep our country running with respect and dignity.
Member Engagement and Communications – I am proud of PCS’ ethos of a member-led union. During the past year, I have actively promoted PCS on social media and have been an active member of the editorial board for PCS People.
Pay and Conditions – PCS must continue to utilise the strength of our membership and work with lobby groups to keep up the pressure on a much-weakened government.
Diversity – Respect and build the Diversity and the Equality of our union. As the PCS Conference moves online this year, we must embrace the opportunity to open up the Conference to those members who struggle to attend the live conference in normal times.
Learning – Help Reps by promoting union learning and development.
I have been active at all levels of PCS since 2007, and a PCS Rep in the Culture, Home Office and MOJ Groups. I have completed a TUC Diploma in Employment Law and am currently Assistant Branch Secretary of The MOJ Associated Offices Branch and an NEC Member.
I am an active Labour Party Member and local Councillor in the London Borough of Croydon. I hope to continue to build bridges between PCS and the Labour Party to promote both bodies’ campaign against Austerity. I represent one of the most socially deprived wards in the UK. This year I have been using ward budget funding to combat social isolation and food poverty. I have been elected to be the next Deputy Mayor of Croydon. I hope to use the Office to further tackle these issues throughout the whole Borrough.
I am a member of PCS Democrats – for more information visit @PCS_Democrats on Twitter.
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