I am seeking re-election to the National Executive Committee (NEC). I have been an active member of PCS and its predecessor union, CPSA, for 38 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, DWP Group Executive Committee (GEC), and DWP Group Assistant Secretary. I have also had the privilege of being a member of the NEC 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.
I am proud of the way the Democracy Alliance-led NEC have reacted to the pandemic over the past two years by putting the safety of our members first by providing all necessary support whether they were working in the office or from home. With new variants of COVID-19 prevalent in society, PCS has stepped-up on every occasion to challenge the rush to force our members back to the office. Our members, whether from the office or at home, have made a massive contribution to the country. Sadly, despite warm platitudes from the Prime Minister, there has been no financial reward for our hard-working members, many who risked their lives by working from the office. If a pay freeze for thousands of our members wasn’t bad enough, the scandal of the pensions robbery must be challenged and campaigned against. Therefore, it is vitally important to elect a Democracy Alliance-led NEC who are demanding the following:
- A cost of living rise of 10%
- A living wage of £15 an hour
- An annual leave allowance of at least 35 days a year on entry
- A significant reduction in the working week with no loss of pay
- A London Weighting payment of £5,000 a year, with no detriment to anyone currently entitled to more than that
- A return to national civil service bargaining on pay and terms and conditions
- An immediate cut in pension contributions of 2% backdated to 2019
I am asking that you please vote not only for myself, but for all the Democracy Alliance candidates in order that the union can seriously challenge the Government on pay and the pensions robbery as well as keeping our members safe. It is crucial that PCS has an experienced, strong, and determined leadership that will robustly challenge the Government on all those issues and more. In doing so, we will continue to build the strength of the union to face all challenges and place PCS in a stronger position to win.
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