Ian Pope DWP

I am seeking re-election to the position of Group Assistant Secretary. I have been an active member of PCS and its predecessor union, CPSA, for 37 years and have been involved in numerous campaigns in that time. I have been involved in every level of the union from office representative, Branch Treasurer, Branch Secretary, Scotland Committee Chair, Group Executive Committee (GEC) and now Group Assistant Secretary. I have also been a member of the National Executive Committee since 2012. Hopefully this demonstrates my commitment to representing members at every level over a long period of time and shows that I have the experience to help members at an office level as well as in national negotiations with the employer. For the past year I have had responsibility for Universal Credit, both Service Centres and Jobcentres, and Working Age.

I am proud to be part of a Left Unity leadership of the DWP GEC that has demonstrated over many years that we always put the members first. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic I, along with my Left Unity colleagues, have worked tirelessly to ensure that PCS members in the workplaces are protected and that all safety measures have been put in place. Furthermore, we have demanded that as many staff as possible should be sent home with the roll-out of IT equipment accelerated. We also opposed the extending of operating hours at 270 Jobcentres and 21 UC Service Centres by holding a consultative ballot which resulted in the employer making concessions including suspending 8pm finishes and introducing Work Coach empowerment. There is clearly more to be done and I will not rest until all our members are safe. In addition, I will continue the fight for improved pay and against attacks on pensions and the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.

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