Following the briefing issued by the Permanent Secretary, Mark Sedwill, PCS welcome the announcement scrapping of the current PDR system. This will mean the removal of forced ranking and also an end to the dreaded moderation process.
PCS recognise that this has only come about due the continued campaigning at all levels. The dedication of members and reps has made such a significant contribution towards achieving this goal, by the submission of grievances over unfair marking, overturning incorrectly applied ratings and contributing to feedback requests from the group executive committee (GEC).
The GEC also recognise the sterling efforts made by activists in delivering a petition with over 4300 signatures away from official premises and in some cases by standing out in bad weather to collect signatures in an attempt to demonstrate the strength of feeling of our membership against this divisive and unfair reporting system. I was incredibly proud to hand deliver the petition to the Second Permanent Secretary, Patsy Wilkinson, last month and would add my personal thanks to all those who participated.
This campaign has also been conducted on a national level within Home Office with the GEC ensuring that your views are heard at every available forum and represented in the strongest terms.
The NEC have been equally vocal, pressing the Cabinet Office for change and their campaign has included commissioning a report on the equality outcomes of the PDR system from Dr Steve French of Keele University which contained a detailed analysis confirming the negative impact and discriminatory features of the current system.
The announcement that forced distribution and moderation is to end, and a new system is to be introduced is a welcomed first step. However, your GEC will not be resting on their laurels, but continue to actively campaign and are committed to ensuring that any replacement system does not become a new label on what is currently in force. We will endeavour to shape any replacement policy and make certain that the new reporting model is representative of the views of our members.
PCS await proposals and formal consultation on how the 2017/ 2018 reporting system will look, and hope to be coming out to members to seek your views once these proposals have been received. Once this process begins we look forward to engaging further with members and seeking your views to obtain the best model possible.
Assistant Branch Secretary