Mandating Meeting

The Mandating Meeting of the Home Office South East England Branch of PCS will be held at 14:30– 15:30 on Thursday 16th May 2019 in the Stockdale Conference Room, The Lodge, Priory Court, Dover.

This meeting is held to mandate the delegates for PCS Home Office Group Conference and PCS National Conference, and to consider any nominations received for Group Advisory Committees.

You will be please to hear that the ERT have agreed for members to have time off from official duties to allow for members to attend this meetingthis year.

KEVIN MILLS

Branch Secretary

10th April 2019

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FOR THE MANY, NOT THE FEW.

The title above may be the latest slogan from the Labour party, but it also describes many of the elements as to why the PCS pay claim this year is 10%. With this briefing I will attempt to clarify why it is so vital that you vote in this pay ballot.

Firstly the basics, due to the anti-trade union legislation, we need to hit 50% of you voting to be able to have a mandate to take ANY industrial action, be that strike action or action short of a strike. Therefore your vote really does count, it really does strengthen our position in national negotiations on pay. The legislation gives us that this mandate, should we achieve it, is valid for six months. Therefore it is something we can go into negotiations with and possibly not need to use, but we have it if we need it.

You will not send the country into ever increasing debt by getting a pay rise! Just look at the money that has been spent on Brexit. It has not yet been achieved and yet the Government are spending BILLIONS on buying votes and trying to protect their political position. They can afford a pay rise for you.

MP’s have just voted themselves yet another inflation busting pay rise. All the while they are telling us that we can only have 1% they are voting in above inflation pay rises because an independent body says they are worth it. YOU ARE WORTH IT! 10% will still leave you behind the inflationary increases since austerity began but it is a contribution to bringing us back in line.

They will get it back! If you get a 10% pay rise, you will be taxed on it. This will increase tax receipts for the exchequer. If, because for once you have a little extra left at the end of the month you buy a little extra, or take a little trip to treat your family, you will pay VAT on your purchase, which will increase tax receipts. However as a knock on effect it will increase trade for local shops, helping them stay open and keeping their staff in jobs, and maybe giving them a pay rise.

It is clear that it is not a selfish thing to ask for this pay increase, it will go some way to helping local communities and giving you a bearable standard of living.  It is an increase that you deserve rather than one which disrespects your contribution.

DON’T LOSE YOU CHANGE TO VOTE. VOTE AND POST TODAY AND SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT 1% IS AN INSULT. YOU DESERVE MORE USE YOUR VOICE, USE YOUR VOTE!

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The South East Kent Trades Union Council (SEKTUC) has agreed to put on a play by the Banner Theatre company.

The show is called “FREE FOR ALL” and is a spirited and angry defence of one of our most treasured public services, the National Health Service

Based on interviews with a wide range of health professionals, our show celebrates the NHS by giving centre stage to the tidal wave of campaigning organisations fighting to defend it from corporate takeover.

With its unique fusion of songs, dynamic music, unique video footage and moving storytelling, “Free For All” pays tribute to a health service still rated the most efficient and successful in the world.
What they say about the show:
“This show is a must-see for all who believe in our publicly-owned NHS”
Len McCluskey General Secretary Unite the Union

“It was beautiful, brilliant, moving”.
Bernadette Grosse, UNITE Community, SOS NHS Derby
“Fantastically planned and performed. You work so well together”.
Mary Dwyer, NHS SOS

What they say about Banner:

“Truly inspirational”. Tony Benn
“We need Banner’s anti-cuts, anti-tax dodgers and pro-union productions to raise awareness and challenge the myths propagated by the corporate media.” Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, PCS

”I loved the show’s powerful mix of song, music, theatre and video footage….” Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary, National Union of Teachers

The production will be held at the:
Clarendon and Westbury Community Hall, Belgrave Road, Dover CT17 9RA and will start at 7.30 pm on Friday 26 April 2019. Tickets will cost £2.50 each or 5 for £10.

Tickets are available from the RMT office, Maritime House, Snargate Street, CT17 9BZ.

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