Fran Heathcote

For PCS President

I am standing for re-election as PCS president based on my record of leadership, hard work and commitment.

The Cost of Living crisis is really biting now. Pay frozen, overpaying on our pensions and household bills going up all the time, PCS members are struggling to make ends meet. NI is set to increase by 10% and Universal Credit has been slashed. As an EO in the DWP, I understand this and share the concerns of low paid members. We need a strategy that addresses this. The PCS National Campaign focuses on these issues and our consultative ballot helps us to gauge our strength and build for industrial action where we can deliver it, using every tool at our disposal and building on everything that we have learnt. 

At a time like this, with a Tory government on the attack, PCS needs strong leadership to defend members. We need a leader that unites PCS, working in cooperation with the National Executive Committee (NEC) and our General Secretary, Mark Serwotka. I provide that leadership.

These are tough times, we need a campaigning leadership to defend members, not one which talks up action whilst delivering nothing, spending its time and effort attacking PCS, we don’t have time for these distractions.

The pandemic continues, PCS reps have worked tirelessly to keep members safe and to be your voice in the workplace. As members are being urged to return to offices, whether adopting a ‘hybrid approach’ or working full-time in the office, being part of a strong union has never been more important. Our reps and activists at every level have pulled out all the stops. 

I am proud to have lead PCS through this period. Working together to keep members safe, we have developed our digital technology, built PCS and strengthened our capacity in the process.

I have led discussions with every group, region, nation and equality forum about what sort of union they want us to be, and how we can best support their activity, and I pledge to continue that inclusive approach of engaging reps and members about everything we do. 

I lead negotiations on behalf of PCS, ensuring that strong campaigns and effective organising back up our bargaining agenda. This is paying dividends with increased membership across our union. 

Making sure that Equality really is at the heart of everything we do, and that this is not just a slogan, we are constantly reviewing our structures. I am committed to a programme of inclusion and increased participation, protecting democracy and ensuring that PCS remains truly membership-led. I am proud to be part of a slate that demonstrates our diversity, In a union that gets results, and one that we can all take pride in.

Please re-elect me and my fellow Democracy Alliance candidates and I give you my commitment that I will continue to work with you to build a progressive union that we can all be very proud of. 

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