For PCS NEC
I joined the Lord Chancellor’s Department in July 1989 and the union shortly after. I currently work in the MoJ Financial Governance Team managing a small group of people. I have been an active union member since joining.
I felt privileged to be elected to the NEC the previous two years and am asking for your support to be elected again. As an NEC member I have been an active participant in a united leadership standing up to the attacks Civil Servants face from the current government, fighting for pension justice, a realistic pay rise, and the end to the disgraceful Rwanda policy. As an NEC member I have represented members at TUC, attended the Palestine Solidarity Conference and have been active in the Green and Women’s forums.
I believe that a strong union is essential if members terms and conditions are to improve, and I fully support industrial action where this is necessary to further our aims. Recently, I have been proud to be on the picket lines with comrades fighting for a real cost of living pay rise. If elected I will continue to fight for a decent wage for all our members. It is long overdue. I will continue to work hard to deliver the national campaign for pay, pensions and the protection of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.
I am an experienced member of MoJ Group Executive Committee where I am the Group personal cases coordinator and a member of the PCS MoJ pay team which secured a three year pay deal which took our lowest paid members off the minimum wage without selling off any of our terms and conditions, except an agreement to extend the working week for those in London to 37 hours in line with the rest of the country.
Over the last year I have represented members in personal cases where I have won instatement for probationers, had dismissals overturned, won appeals against performance and attendance warnings. These things make a real difference to people’s lives, and I would like to be able to continue to do this.
To win in the current financial and political climate we need experienced representatives with proven track records as well as the energy and enthusiasm of younger members who are going on strike for the first time. We need to continue to build greater youth engagement, but we also need older people like me. What we need most is for our members to vote in elections. Your vote is important. Please use it. Please vote for me.
If elected I will continue working to ensure this union delivers real benefits for members.