Thank you and happy new year

PCS Strike 800It’s Christmas tomorrow, and reps and members alike will be enjoying a well-deserved break.

Regular service will resume in the new year, but in the meantime here’s a quick round up of the latest news from the union ahead of the break:

Check-off withdrawal – the consultation has been extended into the new year, but it is still vital to sign up to Direct Debit as soon as possible.

Contact centre working patterns 2015 – an update from the Group Executive Committee on negotiations to reduce unsocial working hours in Contact Centres.

Holiday pay and regular overtime – PCS guidance on a court ruling which has important implications for anybody who works contractual or regular overtime.

Sanctions misery for tens of thousands this Christmas – a reminder that austerity is bad for everyone, not just civil servants.

Scottish museums staff say game over for low pay – PCS members at the National Museums of Scotland will be taking strike action on Boxing Day as part of their long-standing dispute about weekend allowances.

Government steps up political attack on PCS – the NEC’s report on recent financial decisions taken to stabilise the union in the wake of various government attacks.

The suspension of elections in 2015 is the most controversial measure taken by the NEC, and will be discussed in more detail in the new year. In the meantime, a round-up of coverage and various viewpoints on the matter can be found here. (This is for information only and the branch does not necessarily endorse any of the positions in the linked articles.)

And finally, we echo the words of our General Secretary and National President:

PCS has a proud record of opposing austerity and injustice and will not be silenced. We will fight to ensure that an alternative message is heard, and promote social change and justice in the UK and internationally.

We hope you have the chance to enjoy some time off work over the festive period. Thank you again for all that you do in your workplaces, to keep the country running, and for your union.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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