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 profile of PCS is at an all-time high. The highest membership since before the ending of check-off. Media coverage and membership buy-in like we’ve never seen before. This is what a strategy to win looks like. Maximising the pressure on government and our employers, minimising the impact on members during the cost of living crisis. Ensuring that our members cannot be ignored.

Our members saw the lowest pay offer in the public sector, we’re overpaying on our pensions and household bills are going up all the time. In my department, DWP, over 25,000 workers will see their pay fall below the National Living Wage. PCS members are struggling to make ends meet. As an EO in the DWP, I understand this and share the concerns of low paid members. The PCS National Campaign focuses on these issues and, builds on everything that we have learnt, ensuring that our demands, and our members, cannot be ignored. 

At a time like this, with a vicious Tory government attacking our democratic rights, as well as our pay, terms and conditions, 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 upaid action, and spreads dissent, whilst delivering nothing, spending its time and effort attacking PCS, we don’t have time for these distractions.

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

Under my leadership, we have engaged every group, region, nation and equality forum about the sort of union we need to be, and how we can best support their activity. I pledge to continue that inclusive approach of engaging reps and members in 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, the proof is the increased membership, buy-in and engagement across PCS. 

Making sure that Equality being at the heart of everything we do is not just a slogan, we are constantly working with members to review 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, one that we can all take pride in.

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