For DWP GEC
I am seeking re-election to the DWP GEC as a Left Unity member. I am also a member of the Corporate Centre TUS, vice-chair of the DWP North West Regional Committee & Branch Secretary for DWP North Merseyside. I have been a rep for most of my working life both in the public and private sector. I joined CSA as a call Handler before becoming a team leader. I currently work for the Independent Case Examiner’s office.
I believe members of all grades, from all parts of DWP, should have their say in how PCS is organised. Members must keep representatives informed of the issues they face, especially in trying times such as we have faced for the last couple of years. This includes management members who are facing undue pressure from senior DWP leaders.
Demands on staff is constantly on the increase, staff safety has become a secondary consideration for DWP. It has been proved that remote working works, yet Work Coaches are being denied access to hybrid working. We haven’t had a proper pay rise, without strings attached, for more than a decade. It has been proved that our pension contributions are in excess of what is required, but the government is still taking money from our pay, and we will soon be paying more in National Insurance. This drain on income has got to stop. PCS has shown effective leadership within DWP and the wider Civil Service, that we are prepared to engage constructively with our members, and the employer, and that members are willing to build opposition when needed. We need all members, at all grades, to get involved in union activities, please attend member’s meeting so that you have your say in your union.
We have a government which is in turmoil, has been found to be lying to the country on numerous occasions, which has treated its workforce with distain and refuses to recognise the efforts civil servants have made during the pandemic. As a union we must be well organised and united in every workplace, including when that workplace is also your home, so that we can take effective action.
I, and the rest of the LU candidates, will continue to work with members to achieve the best possible outcomes on the issues that matter.
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