For PCS NEC
I joined the union in July 1989 and have been an active member since. I am a member of Democracy Alliance within PCS. I was elected to the NEC for the first time last year and 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, an above inflation pay rise, and our compensation scheme.
I believe that a strong union is essential if members terms and conditions are to improve. Maintaining existing terms and gaining improvements to them, especially pay, requires experienced and dedicated negotiators.
I am an experienced member of MoJ Group Executive Committee where I am the Group personal cases coordinator and an Assistant Secretary. I have been the MoJ PCS lead in harmonising HR policies between the department and one of its Executive Agencies. I have taken a lead in negotiations over potential industrial action in HMCTS and was part of the pay team that secured a three year deal for members which lifted our lowest paid above the minimum wage.
I fully support industrial action where this is necessary to further our aims, the two recent National Pay Ballots for instance, but believe that we should only ask for this when all other avenues have been exhausted. I will work hard to deliver the National campaign on pensions and pay.
If elected I will continue working to ensure this union delivers real benefits for members.
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