Members will be well aware that sadly we have lost a number of serving members of staff. What members may not be aware of is that if serving members pass away, their families receive a payment from PCS. It is not a huge payment, but can help out at a very difficult time.
This benefit is paid to your nominated next of kin on the PCS membership database, commix. However, we are aware that many members fill their next of kin details in when they join the department, and do not update this information throughout their years of membership. To ensure that your membership benefit payment is not paid to the wrong person, can I please ask members to log into the PCS website membership section and ensure that their address, next of kin, and benefit nominee details are up to date. This is vitally important as PCS are only authorised to make payment to your nominated beneficiary, who may not be the person you want to receive it, may have moved address, or may no longer be with us.
Members may also not be aware that PCS members are entitled to a free will writing service for them and their partners, details of which can be found on the PCS website under member benefits. This can represent a considerable saving.
On a happier note PCS also offer reduced cost conveyancing to help with the cost of house moving along with a range of other legal services.
If you require assistance in registering or logging into your details on the PCS website, please contact your local rep who will be happy to help.
Huge strike vote – but anti-union strike laws will prevent action.
PCS members have delivered the highest yes vote and turnout in the history of the union. But undemocratic, anti-union strike laws, implemented last year, will prevent strike action.
Our independent scrutineers’ report, as required in accordance with section 231B of the Trade Union and Labour relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, for the above ballot which closed at noon on Monday 23 July 2018 is as follows:
Number of Individuals who were entitled to vote in the ballot 142,673
Number of voting papers returned 59,285
Question: Are you prepared to take part in strike action?
Number of spoilt or otherwise invalid voting papers returned 31
Number of votes cast in the ballot 59,254
Votes cast in the ballot as a % of individuals who were entitled to vote 41.6%
Result of voting
Yes 50,726 85.6%
No 8,528 14.4%
General Secretary Mark Serwotka’s video message on the ballot result:
The ballot will send a strong message to the government that PCS members want a pay rise. However, the new legal requirements mean that unions not only have to show majority support for a strike, but that 50% of those balloted have voted.
The pay campaign continues
The result is a major disappointment, but the campaign has made our union stronger, with thousands of new members and hundreds of new reps and advocates. You and your colleagues still deserve a pay rise, so the pay campaign will not end here. The PCS national executive committee (NEC) will meet on Tuesday 24 July, and agree the next steps in the pay campaign.
A full statement about the next steps in the campaign will be issued tomorrow (24).
PCS has expressed anger and disappointment that the Treasury has failed to consult our union before announcing government departments would be able to make average pay awards above 1-1.5%, but only in exchange for further cuts.
Vote yes and once you've posted your ballot paper record your vote online pcs.org.uk/ivoted