Paula Brown

Paula Brown, PCS HSE representative speaking to members of the Trade Union Coordinating Group meeting in room 14 at the House of Commons , London.

I joined the union back in the 80’s and come from a proud family of union activists.  I’m privileged to have been a PCS Rep for many years and have carried out roles at all levels of the union.  I have a wealth of experience representing members individually and collectively, both with my employer HSE, and at Cabinet Office level as an NEC member of national negotiating teams.

Members are facing a tough time right now, and that’s why it’s so important that PCS continues to have an experienced leadership negotiating and campaigning on their behalf.  During the next 12 months I believe PCS priorities should include:

Pay – since 2008 our pay has been frozen and that has left many struggling to pay their bills.  PCS must keep up the pressure on Government to fund cost of living increases for our members and break Treasury enforced pay restraint. The coming consultative ballot will help raise awareness amongst members and engage them in the campaign to come.

H&S – we must continue to make sure members and their workplaces are safe, and that employers fully apply all of the control measures required to protect our health, safety and wellbeing.  There must also be a discussion about how the pandemic has affected members, and a review of how and where we work.  Members have proved they can deliver in a crisis, and we must retain the flexibilities brought in during the last two years.

Jobs – in the public and private sector must be defended by continuing to campaign against cuts to the services PCS members deliver.

Organizing – we must continue to build the strength of our union as this ultimately increases our leverage in negotiation.  We need to engage more with members digitally, and review our processes to ensure everyone can play an active part in PCS.

Climate Change – the lack of progress made by successive Governments must be challenged.  PCS needs to push for a climate jobs and action plan for every department.

To deliver on these aims it is vital that we have a strong united leadership, and for that reason I ask for your support of the Democracy Alliance candidates:

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