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      1. National Campaign
A1    Covers: E154-E159                                                                S    S    Pensions Campaign
      Conference condemns the Government's continuing assault on the public
      sector and the welfare state, including its attack on PCS members' jobs,
      pensions, pay, and the services they provide. Conference reaffirms its
      rejection of the idea that the cuts are necessary to deal with economic
      problems created by the failure and greed of the banks.
      Conference welcomes the union's major national campaign - "There is an
      Alternative". We have put forward a powerful, credible and influential case
      against cuts in public spending based on a positive alternative programme
      of economic growth and tax justice.
      Conference notes that the government now estimates that 710,000 jobs
      will be lost in the public sector, with a knock-on effect on the private
      sector. Unemployment has risen even further this year, and is now the
      highest since 1994 – youth unemployment is the highest on record. Pay
      freezes and below inflation pay rises are forcing people into debt, poverty
      and undermining the economy as people are unable to spend.
      Conference believes that the government's spending cuts are being driven
      by an ideological hostility to the public sector. The Government's
      programme of education, health, and welfare cuts amounts to an attempt
      at the wholesale privatisation of public services and the destruction of the
      welfare state.
      Conference further notes that Treasury Minister Danny Alexander MP
      confirmed that the attack on public sector pensions was part of this
      agenda when he said: "The new pensions will be substantially more
      affordable to alternative providers".
      Conference condemns the government’s refusal to negotiate on the core
      pensions issues of paying more, working longer and getting less.
      Conference congratulates members for the magnificent strike action they
      took on 30 June and on 30 November, and notes that this was the
      culmination of PCS strategy to build co-ordinated joint union action across
      the public sector, and congratulates the union at all levels for building the
      largest strike for a generation.
      Conference notes the limited concessions made by the Government in the
      run up to 30 November but endorses the NEC’s decision to reject the
      Government’s ‘final offer’ on the civil service pension scheme which would
      impose increased contributions to pay for the economic deficit, an
      increase in the pension age up to 68, and pensions devalued by the
      switch from RPI to CPI.
      Conference endorses the NEC rejection of the subsequent Government
      ultimatum made on 15 December, and the decision to refuse to sign the
      ‘Heads of Agreement’.
      Conference notes with disappointment that the unity that had been built
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      between unions around the issue of pensions was broken when the
      Government issued its ultimatum on the Heads of Agreement.
      Conference endorses the NEC’s subsequent decision to continue the
      campaign, to work to build a new coalition including unions in the
      education sector and with Unite and NIPSA in the civil service, and to
      consult members on a programme of industrial action beginning with a
      coordinated national strike on March 28 if it can be co-ordinated across
      more than one public sector pension scheme.
      Conference reaffirms our belief that the best way to deal with the
      economic crisis inflicted on the country by the banking sector is not to cut
      jobs, but create them. Cutting jobs will worsen the deficit as there will be
      more unemployed, who will then spend less and pay less tax. There are
      other ways to address the deficit: investment for economic growth together
      with collection of the £120 billion of tax evaded or avoided each year by
      major corporations and the super-rich.
      Conference notes that action against the government cuts programme is
      growing. Many local anti-cuts alliances and campaigns are fighting against
      cuts locally, and mobilising people on a large scale. There has also been a
      growing range of civil disobedience actions which have taken place across
      the country on issues such as tax justice, welfare cuts and workfare,
      student fees, and bankers’ bonuses.
      Conference instructs the NEC:
      1. To continue to seek genuine negotiations and a fair settlement with
          Government on the core pensions issues of increased contributions,
          the switch to CPI and the link to the state pension age.
      2. To continue to campaign jointly with as many unions as possible on
          public sector pensions and in opposition to the government's job cuts,
          pay freeze, privatisation and attacks on the welfare state.
      3. To continue to campaign jointly with as many unions as possible for
          the alternative of investment for economic growth and tax justice.
      4. To continue to press the TUC for closer coordination between unions
          on campaigning and industrial action.
      5. To fully support PCS Groups and Branches campaigning and taking
          industrial action against cuts.
      6. To fully support community campaigns, protests and peaceful civil
          disobedience against the cuts organised by campaigning bodies such
          as UK Uncut, the Occupy movement, and welfare campaigners.
                                                                      Mover: NEC
                  Seconder: DWP Fylde Central Benefits & Services (047139)
A2    Covers: E160-E187                                                               S    S    Privatisation & Mutualisation
      Conference notes the immediate and ongoing threat to public services
      from privatisation, mutualisation and the proposals contained in the Open
      Public Services White Paper. PCS restates its opposition to all forms of
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     privatisation and agreed to redouble our efforts to campaign and act to
     bring all public services back into public ownership and democratic
     control, including the cancellation of all PFI contracts both existing and
     planned. The Financial Times estimated in 2007 that after 10 years of
     New Labour the total capital value of PFI contracts across the UK was £68
     billion with the sum due to private companies by the end of contract terms
     standing at £215 billion. This has soared to £268 billion by 2010.
     The coalition continues to pursue privatisation against a background of the
     threat of a 1930’s type slump set up by bank bail outs amounting to £864
     billion since 2008. The public sector is expected to pay the price across
     Europe with unelected and unaccountable groups like the IMF, the World
     Bank, the ECB and more recently Moodys and Standard and Poor
     dictating terms and outcomes which is leaving workers in Greece for
     example n abject poverty.
     The UK and world wide cuts agenda is fuelled by ideological hatred of
     public services and a wish to smash public sector unions. PFI is but one
     method whereby Corporations profit at public expense. The Civil Service
     has bitter experience of sell off’s resulting in profit making as the example
     of Quinetic showed.
     Conference applauds the fighting stance adopted by PCS members in
     MyCSP and records its opposition to mutualisation. Conference also
     agrees that mutualisation must be fought wherever it is raised in the Civil
     Service and NDPBs. Conference opposes mutualisation as yet another
     form of privatisation which is again ideologically driven by politicians
     supported by senior civil servants like Gus O’Donnell who are now openly
     in favour of privatisation. Mutualisation does not give any power to
     workers, it remains with the Corporation and in part the Government.
     Workers have no more power over their work anymore than the public has
     over public service delivery.
     Mutualisation is also an immediate threat in the MOJ with corporate
     sharks circling looking to make profits from fine collection. Privatisation
     and marketisation threats are live in DWP with a tendering threat to
     shared services, in NOMS with 8 prisons at risk, in Land Registry, DVLA
     SSC, VOSA and the UK Hydrographic Office with a likely part privatisation
     which will result in only 80 staff out of 1100 remaining as public servants.
     More generally conference agrees that it supports an urgent and
     immediate need for action to prevent the privatisation of the NHS.
     Conference agrees that PCS must step up the fight against privatisation,
     and to this end instructs the NEC to:
      Seek urgent talks with all public sector unions facing the same
           general threat of privatisation with a view to agreeing and building a
           united campaign of opposition including where possible and
           necessary joint industrial action but in particular raising the imperative
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           need for a national demonstration against the privatisation of the NHS
           linking in all trade unions in the TUC.
       To promote the view that public services not private profit should be
           the core argument of the public and private sector unions.
       Resist any attempts to remove TUPE legislative protection through
           campaigning and the PCS Parliamentary Group.
      Conference also notes the work of the TUC around mutuals with the
      establishment of the TUCs Mutuals Task Force. It also notes that this is
      designed to allow the TUC, the Cooperative Society and the Mutual sector
      to agree a set of joint principles that define “good or positive” mutuals with
      the aim of trade unions signing up to those principles.
      However conference agrees that PCS must be cautious in its response to
      the Task Force and that it does not signal agreement nor sign up to
      anything without further exploration through the Public Sector Liaison
      Group of the TUC. However our basic position remains that we oppose
      privatisation and will resist anything that further removes power from
      members and the communities we serve based on a falsehood of
      decentralisation and with the plain intention of profiteering at public
      expense and our members’ jobs.
                Mover: DWP Glasgow Contact Centres & Processing (047067)
                               Seconder: NOMS Kent, Surrey & Sussex (037115)
A3    Covers: E188-E191                                                                 S    S    Universal Credit
      Conference notes that the coalition government is pledged to cut over
      £20bn from the welfare budget – about a quarter of all the cuts they have
      proposed – and that alongside these cuts has been a dedicated campaign
      by government and parts of the media against welfare to justify extra
      conditionality on claimants, including the introduction of workfare
      Conference further notes that unemployment is currently at its highest
      level for eighteen years and that youth unemployment is the highest on
      record. At the same the government has limited eligibility for lone parent
      benefit and is using a private company, ATOS, to reassess disabled
      people claiming Employment and Support Allowance in an effort to make
      Conference condemns the government’s welfare reforms which have
      introduced various workfare schemes that compel the unemployed to
      unpaid labour for up to eight weeks.
      Conference believes that this is a key industrial issue for trade unions as
      the abuse of free labour threatens to undermine jobs, pay and working
      conditions for paid staff.
      Conference further notes that many members who are low paid or part-
      time workers, have children, or have a disability are directly affected by
      cuts to social security.
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      Conference instructs the NEC to:
      1. Promote the ‘There is an Alternative’ campaign, arguing that investing
           to create jobs, rather than cuts, is the solution to the deficit crisis
      2. Support action against companies, charities or public sector
           organisations that use compulsory unpaid labour
      3. Work with campaigning organisations, charities, other trade unions,
           and our parliamentary group to campaign to defend the welfare state
           and social security
      4. Relaunch our ‘Welfare – an Alternative Vision’ campaign to campaign
           in defence of welfare, with new campaigning and industrial toolkits for
           combating workfare
      Conference further notes that the introduction of Universal Credit, the
      purpose of which is to replace a range of benefits that are currently being
      claimed by around eight million households, and administered by those
      staff currently administering benefits in DWP, HMRC and local authorities.
      We welcome, therefore, the NEC's decision to establish a "Universal
      Credit Liaison Group" which brings these groups together in order to
      ensure a common approach is taken to the issues arising from the
      introduction of Universal Credit – in relation to negotiations, organising
      and campaigning, including the possible threat of privatisation.
      Conference instructs the NEC to continue to work alongside all affected
      groups to ensure that members' interests are fully protected. In line with
      this, the NEC should ensure through negotiations that as a result of the
      introduction of Universal Credit:
       no jobs are lost or compulsory redundancies or re-deployments
       no office closures in order to protect local services,
       that, should staff be required to transfer to a different employer, their
           terms and conditions of service should be harmonised on the best
       that Universal Credit should be delivered by in-house staff and there
           should be no involvement of the private sector,
       that the unique circumstances of our members in Northern Ireland are
           both addressed and given the same level of priority as our members
           in Great Britain.
                                                                         Mover: NEC
                                                 Seconder: R&C Dundee (200029)
A4    Covers: E192-E193                                                                S    S    Privatisation/Mutualisation
      Conference recognises and condemns the government’s policy to transfer
      public services to “any willing provider”, and that one of the reasons the
      government has attacked public sector pensions is to make further large
      scale privatisation easier.
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     Conference welcomes the PCS publication "By Mutual Consent?" which
     sets out the difference between real mutualism and the current
     government’s privatisation agenda and highlights the absence of consent
     by the workforce to its proposals.
     Conference notes that even the Treasury now concedes that “some of the
     commonly identified concerns” about PFI are valid, and is currently
     engaged in a review of the existing model. But its stated aim is to “help
     bring forward proposals for a new approach to using the private sector in
     the delivery of public assets and services”.
     Conference condemns the major threat to members from the
     government’s review of shared services in core departments, with the
     government approving the creation of two independent Shared Services
     Centres alongside those currently in place. These programmes reach from
     the major programme of market testing in NOMS to outsourcing in DVLA,
     DWP, HMRC and the UKBA.
     Conference believes that the government’s so-called “mutualisation” of
     public bodies is in reality privatisation. Conference recognises that Mutual
     Joint Ventures (MJVs) such as MyCSP Ltd will confront PCS with new
     challenges such as responding to “Employee Partnership Councils” that
     seek to undermine the role of trade unions.
     Conference also deplores the fact that in February the government
     unveiled plans to put government debt collection out to private contractors,
     and a Cabinet Office report confirmed that a review by ministers will lead
     to increased use of private debt collectors.
     Conference notes that in response to these threats the PCS Privatisation
     Toolkit has been updated to better present and utilise the “Organisational
     Bridge” of anti-privatisation resources.
     Conference instructs the NEC to continue to campaign against all these
     threats and therefore instructs the NEC to:
     1. Co-ordinate Branch and Group anti-privatisation campaigns to present
          a consistent message and to make alliances between members and
          Branches / Groups facing similar threats.
     2. Issue guidance and the response to the Government’s privatisation
          agenda including the creation of mutuals and within new shared
          services structures, to offer campaigning tools and information to
          expose this privatisation agenda and mutualisation programme, and
          to co-ordinate supportive campaigning networks across all areas that
          are threatened.
     3. To update the anti-privatisation campaign booklet arguing the case for
          the retension of public services within public ownership.
     4. Reiterate and promote PCS policy in regard to Employee Partnership
          Council (EPCs), which is that PCS members should not participate in
          or co-operate with EPCs. The NEC should ensure that guidance on
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           the policy is produced and made available to Groups and Branches.
      5.   Campaign with the widest possible alliances such as the student
           movement, UK Uncut, Occupy etc, as well as other public sector trade
           unions, to expose the myths of the Government’s privatisation
           programme and the created mutuals, promote the case for public
           ownership, and to support and assist national, Group and Branch
           campaigns to protect public services. This to include the call for the
           organisation of a national day of protest to protect public services and
           the case for public ownership.
      6. Continue to oppose the creation of Mutual Joint Ventures and other
           forms of privatisation, and to campaign to retain within the civil service
           the bodies, functions and staff threatened by such proposals, utilising
           the practical and campaigning lessons learned from the long fight
           against the mutualisation of MyCSP.
                                                                        Mover: NEC
                                                Seconder: R&C Sussex (200152)
A5    Covers: E194                                                                      O     O    Pensions Campaign
      This conference notes the excellent response to the 30 November                              Unlikely to be heard, but if it is, it is
      coordinated pensions strike when over two million workers from 29 unions                     too restrictive on the NEC. They have
      struck in defence of pensions and against hikes in contributions. This was                   to have some tactical flexibility
      the biggest strike since 1926 and demonstrated to the government the                         available – and in any case we should
      enormous number of public sector workers willing to take action if they                      not be tying them to acting alone
      push ahead with their proposals. Although some minor concessions have                        where that is not appropriate.
      been offered, which shows N30 had an impact, none of these have
      addressed the critical issues: contributions hiked, retirement age
      increased to 68, and a reduced pension pay-out. That's why we need to
      press on and escalate. Despite this pressing need to continue this fight
      and despite two million public sector workers willing to strike against
      working longer, paying more and getting less, a number of unions have
      signed up to precisely these terms. This however, should not be the end of
      the fight to save our pensions.
      Not only is it possible to organise a strike alongside those unions who are
      willing, it is also possible to put enough pressure on the other unions to
      bring them out with us. This can be achieved both through members of
      other unions demanding that they are allowed to join the pensions strike
      and through us calling on the other unions to take action with us. A rapid
      escalation in a short time, up to indefinite strike action if necessary, would
      put huge pressure on the TUC and union leaders and generate massive
      support and solidarity, possibly unofficial action, from other trade unionists
      and workers.
      Conference instructs the NEC to:
       name the day for another strike within one month of this conference,
           coordinating with other unions if possible but alone if necessary,
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          publically call on all public sector unions to join the strike, and any
           private sector unions that also face attacks on their pensions.
                                  Mover: MOJ North & West Yorkshire (052008)
                 Seconder: National Museums Liverpool CMSOA NW (103001)
A6     (falls if A5 carried)                                                           O     O    Pensions Campaign
      That this ADC instructs the NEC to find other forms of Industrial Action                    Tactically inept
      instead of spasmodic 1 day strikes, in furthering our aims in disputes such
      as that currently ongoing with our pensions in the Civil Service.
                                              Mover: R&C South Wales (200102)
A7                                                                                     O     O    Pensions Campaign
      Conference agrees that the national campaign must continue and that                         Tactical suicide
      action must be taken on a regular basis to maintain momentum.
      We instruct the NEC to call action immediately following conference and to
      ensure that there is action to further our aims every month until we reach a
      point of settlement.
                                   Mover: DWP Manchester & Salford (047023)
A8                                                                                     O     O    National and Group Action
      This Annual Delegate Conference believes that when national industrial                      HMRC may have fouled things up, but
      action is being taken that no Group should plan to take industrial action of                such a blanket ban is complete
      any kind for one month before or after the National action, with the sole                   nonsense.
      exception of ongoing overtime bans.
      The national union engaged all PCS representatives in building support for
      the action on J30 and N30 and this was one of the reasons for the
      success of both days. This Conference congratulates all those
      representatives and members who worked so hard to encourage
      participation. One of the other reasons for the success of J30 and N30
      was the simplicity of the both the message and the action.
      By contrast the Revenue & Customs Group GEC instructed members to
      take strike action on the 7th and 8th of June and on the 12th of December
      in protest at Attendance Management procedures. The June action
      involved walk-outs, early finishes and late starts and extended lunches.
      Members only found out about the action late in the week before and this
      led some members to fail to take part due to having been on leave. The
      action was complex, with uncertainty both amongst representatives and
      managers about whether the action was strike action or a flexi protest. In
      short, it was a mess and discredited PCS in the eyes of members at the
      exact time when we were trying to build support for J30.
      The December 12 action was, incredibly, even more poorly organised.
      Representatives and members were given even less notice, the leaflets to
      help build support for the action arrived the day after the action, and action
      on the day covered two separate issues with different members in HMRC
      taking different action. Members expressed their disappointment that the
      feel-good effect of N30 has been ruined in the Revenue & Customs Group
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      by the incompetence of their GEC.
      This Annual Delegate Conference believes that it is essential that support
      for industrial action is built, rather than taken for granted, and that a period
      of one month is required to deliver this.
      This Annual Delegate Conference therefore instructs the NEC to ensure
      that authorisation for Group industrial action is only granted if that action
      falls outside of thirty days either side of any action decided by the NEC.
                Mover: R&C East Yorkshire & Northern Lincolnshire (200034)
A9    Covers: E195-E208                                                                   S    S    Red Tape Challenge
      Conference notes the threat posed to the continuity of both the
      Employment Standards Inspectorate (EASI – BIS) and the Gangmasters
      Licensing Authority (GLA – EFRA) by the Red Tape Challenge and the
      ongoing Review of Employment Rights, destined to endure over the length
      of this Parliament.
      Conference has learnt that the Government’s position is that employment
      should be a matter between employer and employee only and that there
      should be no state “interference” as disaffected workers have the option of
      going to Employment Tribunals. In particular, the threat to the above two
      bodies is imminent.
      Conference recognises that this is not the case for agency workers as the
      process takes too long a period to be effective and in the meantime,
      livelihoods are lost. It also recognises that employers are working to find
      loopholes in the recently introduced Agency Workers’ Regulations.
      Since the majority of gangmasters’ workers are overseas migrants, most
      have neither the language skills nor the understanding of lawful processes
      to address the serious issues they face themselves. Many gangmasters
      have criminal backgrounds and in addition to abuse and exploitation,
      workers often face violence and intimidation.
      Conference notes Motion A148 passed unanimously at ADC 2008. This
      motion calls for expansion of the GLA’s remit and better resourcing.
      However, in light of the above, Conference is now called upon to instruct
      the NEC take all necessary steps to defend the very existence of both the
      GLA and EASI and to ensure they maintain their current lawful powers.
      Conference understands that abolition of these bodies would also be
      costly in terms of jobs for PCS members, making this issue relevant to the
      National Campaign. Such attacks on employment regulation would also
      represent the thin end of the wedge in terms of other workers’ rights – also
      subject to scrutiny under the Red Tape Challenge and the Davey Review.
                      Mover: EFRA Gangmasters Licensing Authority (001062)
                                Seconder: BIS North England Sheffield (041003)
A10                                                                                       S    S    Equality and Human Rights
      Conference notes that the Macpherson Inquiry into the murder of Stephen
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      Lawrence was a landmark. The recognition of 'institutional racism' was a
      vindication of the belief held by anti racist campaigners that our public
      institutions could be collectively responsible for discrimination as well as
      'rogue' individuals.
      Conference is reminded that the public sector equality duty was
      introduced in response to the Lawrence Inquiry findings and is the key tool
      for tackling institutional discrimination: it requires public bodies to be
      proactive in rooting out discrimination before it can have an adverse
      impact on employees and service users.
      Conference also notes that there is a package of measures designed to
      tackle institutional discrimination: individual casework, inquiries,
      investigations and the public sector equality duty - all underpinned and
      supported by a well resourced regulatory and enforcement body: the
      Equality and Human Rights Commission.
      Conference deplores the actions by the Coalition Government to
      undermine the progress made on equalities since and in response to the
      Lawrence Inquiry by restricting the EHRC to so-called ‘core’ functions;
      substantially cutting the EHRC’s budget by 63%, and weakening the
      specific duties for England.
      Conference instructs the NEC to continue to oppose the cuts to the EHRC
      powers and budget by:
       Putting public pressure on the EHRC senior management team and
           the Board to oppose the cuts;
       Continuing its parliamentary campaign, alerting MPs and Peers to the
           devastating impact of these cuts on the victims of discrimination and
           human rights abuses;
       Recognising that the good work the Commission does to raise
           awareness and develop greater understanding of equality and human
           rights law and practice is of benefit to wider society, and that any
           further cut backs will severely limit the Commission's ability to take
           this work forward;
       Opposing any changes to the powers and functions of the EHRC;
       Opposing the ending of the EHRC grants programme to bodies
           providing legal advice and assistance to the victims of discrimination;
       Opposing the outsourcing of the EHRC advice line;
       Opposing the planned reduction of EHRC casework and mediation
       Opposing compulsory redundancies;
       Working jointly with other unions on all of the above.
                                                      Mover: PSg EHRC (014002)
A11                                                                                  LD    S    Police Professional Body
      Conference notes that as a result of the ideologically driven decision of
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     this Government to abolish the National Police Improvement Agency
     (NPIA) it will cease to exist on 31st December 2012.
     Conference further notes that the incredibly short timescales for these
     changes to take place makes it difficult to know precise details of much of
     these changes at the time of writing this motion.
     Conference further notes that the functions of the NPIA will be transferred
     to a number of other bodies to carry on these functions. These other
     bodies will include:-
      The Serious and Organised Crime Agency who themselves are due to
          be absorbed into the National Crime Agency.
      The creation of a publicly owned police ICT company (“NewCo”) to
          procure and manage ICT contracts.
      A new Police Professional Body (PPB) to deal, we believe, with the
          training and research functions of the NPIA and set new standards of
          policing and ethical framework for the police in England and Wales.
      The Home Office for various services such as crime mapping,
          pathology services, non-ICT procurement and the 101 non-
          emergency police telephone service.
      Finally, as at the time of writing, no decision has yet been made as to
          the future of critical national database services for the police, and
          others, such as the Police National Computer, the National DNA
          Database and the Violent and Sexual Offenders Register.
     As conference can see from this, many of the key decisions necessary to
     make the abolition of the NPIA viable, have not been taken. It is unlikely
     that the time needed to plan and implement some of these changes
     properly can be found. As an example of this the new PPB has not yet (at
     time of writing) even decided the fundamental questions of, what status
     the organisation will have, its funding arrangements or even its
     fundamental purpose. As legislation time is not available to put the new
     PPB onto a legislative basis it is likely that the new body will be initially a
     company owned directly by the Home Secretary while legislation is written
     to move the PPB on to its permanent home. This slap dash approach to
     reorganisation will leave the 400 NPIA staff transferring to the PPB with no
     clear understanding (at time of writing) of the three fundamental questions
     above and no understanding of the status of this company or its staff.
     Furthermore conference notes with alarm that due to the failure to
     establish (at time of writing) the destination of critical national database
     services for the police, the possibility exists that these vital and secure
     systems could easily wind up privatised by default.
     As a result of this uncertainty and ideologically driven haste to break up
     the NPIA members are under increasing stress and anxiety while
     attempting to deliver the vital work of the NPIA on behalf of the public.
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      Conference calls on the NEC and PCS to undertake the following tasks in
      conjunction with the existing NPIA branch membership.
       The General Secretary to write to the Home Secretary calling on her
          to halt the introduction of the new PPB until proper planning and
          design of the new body can be completed and a legislative basis for
          the organisation established through parliament before the
          introduction of the PPB.
       To take all necessary steps to ensure that all transferring union
          members receive support and collective union representation in the
          new bodies, this to be achieved by ensuring that PCS Union
          recognition and Bargaining rights transfers to these new areas with
          members, safeguarding their positions going forward.
       Seek urgent discussions with the Home Office over the future of the
          Police National Computer and other critical national database
       Stand ready to campaign on and with NPIA members against moves
          to privatise the jobs of PCS members in the NPIA or the bodies into
          which these members will be transferred.
                                              Mover: PSg NPIA L&SE (141051)
A12                                                                                 S    S    Civil Service Compensation
      Conference congratulates the National Executive Committee on its
      campaign to oppose the attacks on the Civil Service jobs, Civil Service
      pay, pensions and Civil Service Compensation scheme and the
      imaginative Campaign “There is an alternative”.
      Conference rejects the notion that Public Sector workers should be made
      to pay with their jobs, pay, conditions of service and pensions, for the
      mistakes of the financial speculators and spivs. Conference rejects the
      attempts by the Government/ Cabinet Office to dramatically cut the
      amount of payment made to members through the Civil Service
      Compensation Scheme. We note that this attack was just a precursor to
      attacks on jobs in the Emergency Budget and the Comprehensive
      Spending Review; making it cheaper to make people redundant.
      Conference notes that the coalition Government did not accept the original
      Court’s decision and instead decided to change the law (and effectively
      backdate the change of the law) by means of a money capping act, a
      device that no other employer could have foisted on its employees after
      being defeated in the Courts.
      Conference congratulates the NEC in its campaign to oppose the
      detrimental changes and in taking the Government back to Court.
      Conference notes with dismay that in the outcome of the Legal Hearing,
      the judge Mr Justice McCombe, said that because rights to certain
      redundancy terms had accrued through length of service, they were
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      classed as a "possession" and should not be "interfered with". But he also
      ruled that Government Ministers had not acted unlawfully because they
      had justified the cuts as a way of tackling the budget deficit and it was not
      for the court to interfere with the Government's economic or social policy.
      In other words there are times when the Law doesn’t apply, or equally the
      Law only applies to some people not all and only when it suits.
      Conference rejects the imposed changes to the Civil Service
      Compensation Scheme and the decision of the judge Mr Justice
      McCombe and instructs the incoming NEC to continue with the campaign
      to oppose the attacks on the CSCS including methods such as:
      a) Consideration of a continuation of the Legal Challenge to a higher
           Court (and ultimately to the European Court of Human Rights);
      b) Media publicity;
      c) Lobbying MPs;
      d) Industrial Action.
      This list is not exhaustive.
      Conference finally instructs the incoming NEC to keep members regularly
      updated as to any developments in the Campaign and also use the issue
      as a method to recruit new members into PCS.
                     Mover: DWP Fylde Central Benefits and Services (047139)
      2. Pay
A13   Covers: E213-E218                                                                S    S    Regional Pay
      This ADC is appalled by the Chancellors Autumn statement that this UK
      government, who has no mandate to do so, is planning to introduce
      regional pay in the public sector. The subsequent debate in parliament on
      10 January 2012 showed the government are more than serious on this
      Conference notes the Bevan Foundation report entitled Regional Pay,
      Regional Poverty which predicted that ‘introducing geographical variation
      in pay would result in a downward pressure on public sector pay’ and that
      ‘the pressure would probably be greatest in those areas where average
      earnings are already relatively low.’
      Conference instructs the NEC to vehemently oppose Regional Pay or
      Market facing pay in any shape or form with whatever resources
      necessary to ensure this ideological, deeply flawed, proposal is never put
      into practice, thereby ensuring that its members are protected from
                                             Mover: R&C South Wales (200102)
                                Seconder: DCLG Northern & Midlands (301103)
A14   To be taken in general debate with A15 and A16                                   S    S    Pay Policy/CAmpaign
      This Annual Delegate Conference deplores this Government's approach
      to public sector pay and calls for an end to the current pay freeze and pay
      cap policies, made worse by imposed tax on our members of increased
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     pension contributions.
     Conference also notes that pay progression has stopped in many
     organisations and agrees that pay progression should be a right to all
     Conference particularly notes George Osborne’s statement that he wants
     the introduction of local pay in the public sector in time for the 2013-14 pay
     Conference notes the replacement of national pay bargaining in the civil
     service with a system devolved to government departments and agencies
     means there are now more than 200 sets of employers involved in civil
     service negotiations. This has led to inefficiency and resource wastage at
     employer-level as well as giving rise to huge inequalities in pay, with pay
     differentials exceeding several thousand pounds between people doing
     similar work. Conference reaffirms PCS policy to campaign for the
     restoration of National Civil Service Pay bargaining and a National Civil
     Service Pay structure.
     Conference believes that localised pay rates would drive down wages and
     further depress local economies. These areas desperately need growth
     and further investment, but cutting the salaries of public servants who
     work in these areas will merely impoverish these communities further.
     Conference therefore agrees a PCS campaign of outright opposition to
     any government local pay policy while supporting an equitable London
     weighting allowance.
     Conference calls on the NEC, Groups and National Branches to bring all
     resources to bear in an active campaign of opposition to government
     public sector pay policy and to support the PCS Pay Demands for 2012.
     This should be underpinned by, wherever possible, working with other
     unions and organisations to challenge the unfairness and inequality
     inherent in the government’s public sector pay policy. To challenge all pay
     systems that perpetuate existing inequalities and lead to unfair pay
     Conference agrees the NEC’s demands on Pay:
      To restore National Civil Service Pay bargaining and a National Civil
          Service Pay structure.
      An end to the pay freeze / pay cap policy.
      No pension contribution increases.
      Pay Progression as a right for all.
      No regional / local pay.
      Equality concerns to be a central principle on which pay systems are
          based and assessed.
     Conference therefore instructs the NEC to:
     1. Ensure that full consultation takes place at national level on the
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           government’s pay policy, and that bargaining groups and regions are
           kept abreast of developments as well as being regularly briefed and
      2. Ensure that the position in the Devolved Nations is fully taken into
           account in any discussions on National Pay Bargaining.
      3. Promote PCS pay policy, including the reintroduction of national pay
           bargaining and our opposition to local pay, through robust
           campaigning and the co-ordination of strong alliances with other
           public sector unions, local communities, academics and other civic
      4. Continue obtaining legal advice in the pursuance of strategic pay
           cases and produce guidance on EIA’s and how to challenge
           inequalities in pay systems.
                                                                     Mover: NEC
A15   To be taken in general debate with A14 and A16 Covers: E219-E225                 S    S    Pay Campaign Publicity
      This conference notes that pay is one of the three demands, along with
      pensions and job cuts, that members were balloted on in the current
      Inflation is eating into member’s real standards of living, we have had a
      pay freeze for two years and we still have delegated pay. Therefore the
      objective conditions for an effective campaign exists.
      Conference notes with anger the announcement by George Osborne in
      his Autumn statement that public sector pay should be curbed to an
      average 1% for the next two years. We further note the declared intention
      to follow this pay freeze with a move towards regional pay with the
      intention of depressing pay to the local ‘market rate’, amounting to further
      planned pay curbs for many of our members.
      Conference reaffirms our opposition to regional pay rates. In campaigning
      against regional pay and the pay curbs our union should highlight the
      hypocrisy of a Government policy of curbing the pay of low paid workers
      whilst presiding over continued and massive increases in the wealth of the
      richest 1%.
      Conference believes that the fight against job cuts and to defend
      conditions including pensions remain a vital terrain of struggle for our
      union. We further believe that the pay element of our national dispute will
      necessarily increase in profile as part of a national strategy of action this
      Conference further welcomes the recent statement by Len McCluskey,
      General Secretary of Unite when responding to the Labour leadership’s
      acceptance of public sector pay curbs that "Unions in the public sector are
      bound to unite to oppose the real pay cuts for public sector workers over
      the next year."
      Conference welcomes indications that united action over pay may be on
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      the agenda this year and instructs the NEC to seek united action with
      other public sector and non-public sector unions over pay.
      Conference believes however, that in formulating an industrial response
      over pay unity in action with other unions is extremely desirable but not
      essential. Conference believes that sustained industrial action will be
      required in order to defeat the Government over pay and instructs the
      NEC to draw up a battle plan for action and consultation with members to
      include national strike action. Such a strategy should not preclude regional
      and targeted action and should take place on the basis of with other
      unions if we can on our own if we must.
      This conference believes that the union should prepare the ground for the
      campaign by the following actions:
       Publicise, in the most imaginative and varied ways possible the pay
           differentials between departments and agencies;
       Publicise, in the most imaginative and varied ways possible, the
           notion of the going rate; that that is there is a level of pay and related
           conditions which if you are being paid below then you are being
       Publicise, in the most imaginative and varied ways possible, the need
           for national pay and to make it a real matter of concern for the
           members that we do not have it.
       Publicise, in the most imaginative and varied ways possible, the effect
           of inflation on our living standards.
                                                 Mover: DEFRA London (001026)
                                  Seconder: DfT London & HQ Regions (201034)
A16   To be taken in general debate with A14 and A15 Covers: E226-E268                   S    S    Pay Campaign/Strike
      Conference notes the period of the Coalition Government’s two year pay
      freeze expired this year. However, with a further 2 year cap at 1%, the
      economy continuing to be in recession and inflation continuing to rise it is
      unlikely that the real impact of the pay freeze will come to an end,
      especially if it goes unchallenged.
      Conference also notes George Osborne’s autumn statement which
      revealed that there will be at least another six years of austerity with public
      sector workers picking up much of the bill with little or no cash increase in
      pay in the foreseeable future.
      PCS has already reported that lifting the public sector pay freeze would
      give the average civil servant's household 16 times more than the saving
      under chancellor George Osborne's re-hashed council tax freeze
      If the government ended the pay freeze and gave inflation-proofed salary
      increases, it would mean the average PCS member would receive an
      extra £1188 a year.
      Conference welcomes the inclusion of pay as part of our national dispute
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      allowing Groups of members to take action over pay under the remit of the
      national campaign. We agree that it will be necessary to give a high
      priority to this issue in 2012 and beyond. There is a clear link between the
      two issues of pay and pensions. Pensions are “deferred wages” and civil
      service employers have held down larger pay increases over the years
      under the pretext of providing other beneficial rewards such as the
      pension scheme.
      Conference instructs the NEC to:
       Step up our campaigning work against pay restraint in 2012/13.
       Make ending the pay freeze an integral part of our “PCS alternative”.
       Encourage maximum co-ordination between Groups and Bargaining
           Units when taking action over pay.
       Enter into a dialogue with other unions on coordinating action on pay
           across the public sector.
       Engage with the government and renew our arguments for national
       Renew our national pay campaign and take steps to increase the
           level of political lobbying and to systematically produce new campaign
           materials making the case for national pay bargaining and exposing
           the pay differentials between departments and related bodies.
       To ballot all members for strike action as is felt appropriate by the
           NEC to achieve a pay settlement for members in 2012.
                                        Mover: DWP Birmingham South (047053)
                                      Seconder: Land Registry Croydon (030006)
A17   Covers: E269                                                                   LD    S    Legal Challenge on Lack of Pay
      This ADC instructs the NEC to mount a legal challenge against any Civil
      Service pay structure which has a minimum pay level and a maximum pay
      level within a grade but has no contractual mechanism for moving from the
      lower point to the higher point.
                        Mover: R&C Portsmouth – Portsdown Vectis (200091)
                        Seconder: R&C West Lancs & West Cheshire (200132)
A18                                                                                   S    S    Oppose Pay Cuts
      Conference rejects the suggestion from so called Labour leader Ed
      Milliband in January 2012 that the union should negotiate pay cuts in
      exchange for assurances on job losses.
      Such an approach does not save jobs and only encourages further attacks
      on conditions and services. Conference recognises that the impact of such
      proposals would further increase poverty of members facing pay extended
      freezes at times when there are no price controls and inflation erodes the
      value of pay in real terms.
      The NEC is instructed not to negotiate pay cuts and to fight for adequate
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      pay increases across all membership areas.
                                          Mover: DWP East Sussex (047103)
A19                                                                                    S    S    Performance Pay/Management
      Conference notes the continued subjugation of all performance                              A Tim Megone special methinks.
      management systems to the quick fix bonus culture and the onset of the
      despised and divisive relative assessment system; it notes also the
      heightened disregard to both the damning equality statistics on
      performance pay across the Civil Service, the evidence of grade based
      discrimination and more widely, of short termist decision making at the
      expense of proper strategic thinking, fuelled by bonus culture, which has
      blighted public and private sectors alike.
      Conference instructs the NEC to renew with vigour the campaign to scrap
      not only performance pay but underlying performance management
      systems and re-establish the old farts’ dream of an appraisal system
      based on balances assessment of performance against grade
      requirements and developments potential, rather than the current box
      ticking fetish.
                               Mover: PSg Treasury Solicitors L&SE (141024)
A20                                                                                   LD    S    35 Hour Week
      This conference recognises that the introduction of Next Generation HR                     Not opposed to shorter working week
      gives the opportunity to press for a number of improvements in Civil                       obviously, but I’m not sure it’s a
      Service wide Terms and Conditions. Therefore as a matter of urgency it                     priority, let alone an opportunity
      instructs the NEC and all appropriate Senior Negotiators to place the                      thrown up by NGHR.
      request for a 35 hour working week at the top of the negotiating agenda.
                                      Mover: R&C South East Essex (200144)
A21                                                                                    S    S    Increase Maxima
      Conference notes that those on the top of their pay scales are being
      disadvantaged due to the fact that any increase in pay will result in a cash
      payment but not accrue any pension benefits.
      It is acknowledged that there is currently a pay freeze in respect of pay
      increases, as imposed on all Civil Service departments by the Treasury.
      However at recent pay awards, there has been no increase to the maxima
      of the pay scales. This results in those at the top of their respective pay
      scales receiving a non consolidated cash payment. As more staff reach
      the maximum pay scale of their respective grades, so they will be
      financially penalised in the long term by not having their salary increased
      in line with whatever pay award is given and thus be penalised when they
      reach/take retirement. This we believe is unfair and discriminatory to those
      at the maximum end of the pay scale and that the scales need to be
      increased so that all future pay wards are fully consolidated with
      pensionable implications rather than merely cash payment.
      This conference instructs the NEC to enter into negotiations with the
      Cabinet      Office  and      Treasury   to   seek     to    address     this
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      imbalance/discrimination and fully address its members on what action it
      takes and progress that it makes.
                          Mover: SOCA Greater London & South East (048002)
      3. Social & Economic
A22    (General Debate with A23) Covers: E287-E295                                      S    S    Anti Racist Strategy
      Conference notes the conviction in January 2012 of two of the murderers
      of Stephen Lawrence, the victim of a brutal racist killing in Eltham, South
      London in 1993. It also notes the lack of justice for Jay Abatan who was
      killed 13 years ago with no one as yet tried for his murder.
      Conference welcomes the statement made by the NEC in January
      pledging ongoing support for the family’s campaign for justice. Conference
      commends Doreen and Neville Lawrence, the parents of Stephen for their
      tenacity and determination in pursuing justice over a period of 18 years
      which led to a public inquiry and culminated in the Macpherson report.
      Conference notes this report concluded that the Metropolitan Police were
      institutionally racist and made 70 recommendations with the aim of
      eradicating institutional racism, which led to a Public Sector Race duty.
      Conference is concerned that the Public Sector Duty on race has been
      weakened through the creation of a single Equality Act. It also recognises
      the ability for members of racist and fascist organisations to work in public
      services, helps to institutionalise racism in the workplace.
      Conference is concerned that many of the original recommendations have
      yet to be implemented or adhered to 14 years later, as has been
      confirmed by Dr Richard Stone, an original panel member of the inquiry
      and the Runnymede Trust.
      These include:
       Increasing trust and confidence in policing amongst black
       Consistency across police forces in how racist incidents are defined
           and dealt with;
       The role of family liaison officers and police dealings with witnesses
           and victims;
       Review of the use of stop and search and its effectiveness.
      Conference recognises that, despite this, institutional racism continues to
      impact on black workers and communities, not least because the
      government's programme of cuts are having a disproportionate impact on
      black workers, service users and communities.
      Conference recognises that the development of the PCS Race Equality
      strategy (RES) in 2011 and the 2012 Speak Out, Speak Up campaign as
      part of our wider anti racist/anti fascist strategy (ARAF) are key vehicles in
      helping to combat racism and discrimination in the workplace and wider
      Conference instructs the NEC to:
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          Challenge the disproportionate impact of cuts on black workers and
           use the tools of the public sector duty and equality impact
           assessments in line with the RES priority on protecting jobs and
       Develop and implement the union’s workplace anti racist strategy
           including support in dealing with race cases and speaking out against
           racism at work as identified in the RES. This will include PCS policy
           on preventing members of far right organisations either gaining
           employment or remaining employed in the public sector.
       Work with the TUC and other unions to push for the government to
           implement the outstanding recommendations of the Macpherson
       Encourage branches to continue our support for the Justice for Jay
           campaign both practical and through fundraising initiatives, and
           support the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to further their work of
           in providing bursaries to young people from deprived backgrounds.
       Encourage branches to support campaigns against stop and search
           such as StopWatch.
       Regularly monitor progress on the above and report on actions taken
           to the membership. A report on progress of the RES to be completed
           by April 2013 and presented as an overall report to ADC 2013.
                                                                     Mover: NEC
                                   Seconder: DWP Birmingham North (047054)
A23    (General Debate with A22) Covers: E296-E303                                   S    S    Macpherson/Lawrence Trials
      Conference welcomes Mr Justice Treacy’s comments that he now
      expected the other suspects of Stephen Lawrence’s murder, as well as
      any other suspects involved in this hideous crime, to be investigated.
      Conference is also reminded that the Stephen Lawrence murder followed
      a series of other murders and racist attacks in South East London, where
      the British National Party (BNP) had opened its headquarters and that the
      authorities, local and national, had refused to act against the BNP at that
      Conference notes that the Stephen Lawrence murder exposed deep
      rooted and profoundly dangerous levels of institutional racism which
      resulted in the Macpherson Report branding the police as “institutionally
      Conference also notes that the Lawrences’ demand for justice spread into
      the trade union movement, with Neville Lawrence receiving a standing
      ovation at the TUC Congress in 1998 and the unions organising a massive
      anti-racist march in East London.
      Conference also notes that, little if any, progress has been made in the
      implementation of the 70 or so recommendations in the Macpherson
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      report published on 24 February 1999. Further, the ConDem government
      now plans to remove many of the statutory powers and duties of the
      Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to enforce the Public
      Sector Equality Duty or undertake investigations such as on Stop &
      Conference believes that it is the duty of all trade unionists to continue to
      support the Lawrence family in their continued quest for justice over the
      death of their son, and that this is a campaign PCS must support as a
      priority in the months and years to come, as we have done in the past.
      As a result, Conference calls on and instructs the NEC to:
       Support the call by the Society of Black Lawyers for the prosecution
           and conviction of the other suspects;
       Call on the TUC to invite the Lawrence family to this year’s TUC
           National Conference and the next TUC Black Workers Conference, as
           well as inviting them to our National Black Members Annual Seminar
           later this year;
       Call on the TUC to work with the Lawrence family to campaign for the
           prosecution and conviction of the other suspects;
       Work with other wider anti-racist forces in this campaign, including but
           not restricted to, organisations such as Unite Against Fascism and the
           Society of Black Lawyers in support of this continued campaign for
           justice by the Lawrence family;
       Raise the campaign for this continued fight for justice through all
           structures of our union, including the National Equality Committee,
           National Black Members Committee, Regional Black Members
           Networks, Group Equality Committees and Group Black Members
           structures as well as within all Groups, regions and branches; and
       Call for a further public enquiry into institutional racism and into the
           allegations of direct police corruption that have surrounded this case
           from the outset, with a view to giving the Lawrence family full justice
           and full disclosure.
                                 Mover: R&C Leeds & District Revenue (200056)
                                      Seconder: EFRA Natural England (001064)
A24   Covers: E304-E306                                                                S    S    Work Experience/Workfare
      1. In the current government pursuit of misery above all else through
           austerity, it is promoting “Work Experience” schemes supposedly with
           the intention of reintroducing out of work people into a work
      2. Provide branches with a toolkit on how they can campaign against
           work experience and welfare reform measures locally.
      “Work Experience” forces out of work people to work a 30 hour week for
      eight weeks unpaid and if they refuse, they lose entitlement to their
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     allowances. Employers have been quick to take the opportunity of using
     cheap labour who can be bullied at the threat of loss of allowances at the
     expense of a salaried position with full employment rights. One manager
     at HMV described the “Work Experience” worker as their “free person”.
     The cost to the employer is nil: the cost to the government is the same
     sparse payment as before only now with menaces of withdrawing it.
     The following organisations’ details were obtained through Freedom of
     Information requests to reveal who are subscribing to this modern day
     slavery designed to subvert the employee rights that the trade union
     movement have fought for long and hard for decade on decade.
     Holland & Barrett, Tesco, HMV, Matalan, Newham Council, Haringey
     Council, Royal Mail, Bookers Wholesale, Argos, Maplin, TK Maxx,
     Primark, Boots, McDonald’s, Burger King, Arcadia group of clothes stores,
     Superdrug, Finsbury Park Business Forum.
     Of these:
      Holland & Barrett have cut down on overtime for staff because
          workfare can fill the gaps.
      Matalan have said “we are always grateful of the extra help, especially
          during busy times”.
      Haringey Council have decimated their parks staff and intend to
          “bridge the gap” with Community Payback and workfare placements.
      Finsbury Park Business Forum use wardens deployed around
          underground stations in North London. In 2010, 800 paid station staff
          were made redundant across the Underground.
      Arcadia is a Philip Green concern. Philip Green is of course a serial
          tax avoider and is frequently the target of anti-sweatshop pressure
          groups at home and abroad for abuses of worker’s rights.
     Conference instructs the NEC to:
      Address this issue through the TUC, contacting unions whose areas
          include the companies listed above, to oppose and preserve the right
          of workers to fair salary and right of representation in the workplace.
      Assist the campaign to overturn the practice
          (where it is found) by seeking out companies who are subscribing to it
          and promoting a boycott of their services.
      Seek clarity in the voluntary status of the “work experience” employee
          and respond accordingly through the TUC. If a volunteer, they should
          not displace paid staff or under cut pay and conditions of service –
          vide whereas if a
          worker, they should earn national minimum wage for the work they
          carry out.
      Work with claimant support groups and charities nationally and
          regionally to oppose the exploitation of young people, including joint
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          meetings, rallies and public events to raise awareness.
         Support the legal cases of James Rayburn and Cait Reilly who are
          challenging the work experience placements schemes.
         Provide branches with a toolkit on how they can campaign against
          work experience and welfare reform measures locally.
                                               Mover: IPS North West (026118)
                             Seconder: DWP Lincolnshire & Rutland (047045)
A25                                                                                   S    S    Tax Relief on Pensions
      This conference welcomes the publication of the pamphlet “fair pensions
      for all” by PCS in conjunction with a number of other public sector unions.
      This conference is however concerned by the findings in the pamphlet that
      a quarter of all tax relief goes to the richest 1%.
      This conference believes that whilst it is right that pension contributions
      should be subject to tax relief, it cannot however be right that it is being
      used to subsidise the wealthy. This conference instructs the NEC to
      campaign and lobby with the TUC for pension contribution tax relief to be
      capped at the basic tax rate (currently 20%). This would have no impact
      on basic rate tax payers, but would result in higher rate tax payers having
      to pay more tax which this conference believes is fair.
                                               Mover: DWP West London (047036)
A26   Covers: E307                                                                    S    S    Employment Tribunals
      This ADC notes and wholeheartedly agrees with Motion A545 which was
      carried at ADC in 2011 and is outraged at the government’s proposals to
      make it extremely difficult for workers to access the limited redress
      workers currently have in taking claims to employment tribunal.
      The disgraceful proposals Vince Cable has announced include:
      A fee for individual workers to bring claims to employment tribunals so
      workers are discouraged from having fair access to the law.
      Only workers with 2 years employment service will be able to take claims
      to employment tribunal for unfair dismissal.
      The removal of any right to claim unfair dismissal against micro-employers
      defined as employing less than 10 workers.
      The cases on which Employment Tribunals can sit with an Employment
      Judge alone will be extended to include unfair dismissal with no lay
      members sitting on the tribunal panel. This proposal is being carried
      through even though a huge majority of consultation respondents argued
      this change was unnecessary and damaging to the tribunal process.
      This ADC agrees that these proposals are unnecessary and are founded
      on a central conceit that there are thousands of vexatious claims
      submitted by workers every year and businesses are not hiring staff or
      sacking staff because they are scared of employment law.
      Destroying the employment rights of workers will not solve the economic
      crisis the government has plunged the United Kingdom into.
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      This ADC is disappointed by the action taken by the TUC to campaign in
      defence of employment law and therefore agrees with Motion A545 that
      ‘Should the TUC fail to act, PCS should work with like minded affiliates to
      defend existing provisions.
      This ADC therefore instructs the NEC to:
       Start a national PCS campaign to reverse the detrimental changes
           proposed to employment law and employment tribunals.
       Argue at any meetings with other unions or within the TUC for a co-
           ordinated campaign for all detrimental changes to employment law
           and tribunals to be reversed immediately.
       Lobby the PCS parliamentary group to speak out in parliament
           against the changes and gain a parliamentary debate on the topic.
       Produce campaign postcards, a PCS internet site E-action and
           petition for members of PCS and all supportive citizens of the UK to
           sign and forward to their MP’s and the government.
                                Mover: R&C Leeds & District Revenue (200056)
                               Seconder: MOJ Public Guardian Office (052046)
A27   Covers: E308-E316                                                               S    S    Sex Trade Policy
      Conference notes that we currently have no policy on the sex trade. This                  Discussion paper in time for motions
      means delegates to TUC and related equality conferences have to abstain                   to Conference 2013
      when motions about any aspect of the sex trade are debated. We should
      seek to establish a policy about this important wider social issue which is
      particularly relevant in PCS with over 2/3 of women members.
      Conference recognises that views vary widely about the sex trade and
      therefore instructs the NEC to prepare a discussion paper for circulation to
      Branches in good time to allow motions to be submitted to ADC 2013. This
      paper should cover the following points:
       criminalisation/decriminalisation of purchasers and providers of sexual
       union recruitment and organisation of those involved in the sex trade
       nobody should be compelled to be a sex worker; and
       any other matters which the NEC considers appropriate.
                                               Mover: MOJ RCJ/PRFD (052054)
                                             Seconder: DWP Cornwall (047094)
A28   Covers: E317-E318                                                               S    S    Scottish Independence
      Conference notes the intentions of Scottish Government to hold a                          Report on effects for debate in 2013
      referendum on Independence for Scotland from the rest of the UK.
      Conference acknowledges it will be for the electorate of Scotland to
      decide the outcome of this referendum.
      Conference notes that the result of this referendum will have an impact on
      PCS members in all parts of the UK not just Scotland not only in terms of
      the impact on the work they currently do but also their terms, conditions
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      and benefits.
      Conference instructs the incoming National Executive Committee to
      consult with all Groups, Commercial Sectors and Branches to report on
      the areas of where Independence for Scotland will have an effect on the
      work and services current delivered by them and produce a report for
      Branches by January 2013 so that a full debate on the impact of
      Independence can be heard at 2013 Annual Delegates Conference.
      Conference also instructs the incoming National Executive Committee to
      produce a separate report for all Scottish members on the impact that an
      Independent Scotland may have on their terms, conditions and benefits by
      January 2013.
                                                Mover: DWP Edinburgh (047136)
                    Seconder: Scottish Government Edinburgh Leith (038008)
A29    (falls if A146 carried) Covers: E319                                         LD    O    Scottish Independence
      This conference notes the rising opposition to the rule and ruin by
      Cameron and Clegg’s dictatorship of the millionaires in Westminster over
      the populace and Government in Scotland. Indeed, the election of an SNP
      Government in Scotland and complete rejection of Tories and Liberals,
      particularly in urban areas, together with the defeat of Labour who have
      failed to show economic clear water between themselves and the
      Coalition is an indication that Scottish people want something different.
      Conference believes the Scottish people have a right to self-
      determination, up to and including independence and that the coming
      referendum on independence/more powers should not face undue
      interference from Westminster.
      This conference supports a Scotland that is nuclear-free, with a Scottish
      Government that has the powers to remove nuclear weapons from
      Scotland; that can scrap all anti-union laws and introduce a pioneering
      charter of worker’s rights; introduce a decent minimum wage for all
      workers and apprentices over 16 without discrimination or exemptions;
      provide a level of state pension that ensures dignity in retirement; boost
      benefits and reverse the systematic attacks on the unemployed, sick and
      disabled; tax the rich and big business to fund expanded public services;
      reverse all privatisation; bring all banks, major industries, services,
      transport, energy and big landed estates into democratic public ownership;
      and establish a modern, inclusive, outward-looking democratic republic
      that rejects all forms of discrimination and division.
      This conference instructs the NEC to develop and popularise these
      policies through forums of trade unionists in Scotland, public meetings and
      community-based conferences, well ahead of the Scottish referendum, so
      as to put the trade union movement’s vision of an egalitarian, democratic,
      self-governing Scotland to the fore during the debates on independence.
                                                  Mover: DWP Glasgow (047066)
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A30                                                                                      S    S    Oppose Welfare Changes
      This conference recognizes that the government's focus on alleged fraud
      and over claiming to justify cuts to disability benefit has led to an increase
      in resentment and abuse targeted at disability claimants. Many of the
      disability charities including “Disability Alliance” blame the inflammatory
      media coverage which portrays benefits recipients as work-shy or abusing
      as system that is easy to cheat.
      The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith's decision to
      conflate DLA and ESA will have disastrous effects.
      The government is committed making significant cuts to disability benefits
      including a 20% reduction in the DLA bill by 2015/16.
      A lot of the very public focus has been on alleged fraudulent claims or
      cutting benefits to those whose conditions have improved. Much of this
      has been fuelled by ministers that the vast majority of new ESA claimants
      are able to work whilst the Disabilities minister Maria Miller said in January
      that £600 million of DLA was over paid, negating of course, to mention
      that a greater sum was saved by others not receiving what they are due.
      These types of statements play directly in to the media narrative which
      had coincided with the worsening attitudes towards disabled people.
      MENCAP have openly stated that
      “We are concerned that this narrative of benefit scroungers or fakers
      linked to the welfare bill does risk stigmatising all people with a disability.
      The worry would be that this could lead to an increase in resentment
      against disabled people and even an increase in hate crimes.”
      This is not acceptable in any civilised society. PCS cannot stand by idly
      and allow claimants to be vilified.
      In the same way we have had a very public campaign to highlight the
      government attacks on our pensions we should do likewise for the public
      we serve.
      We call upon the incoming executive to launch immediately a campaign of
      opposition to these changes which will develop a strategy of opposition
      and awareness by:
      1. Forging links with The Disability Alliance, Scope, Mencap and other
           associated organizations and charities;
      2. Forging links with MP’s who oppose (in part or in full) the changes to
           the Welfare system;
      3. Encourage our PCS members to be actively involved with these
                                              Mover: DWP East London (047030)
A31                                                                                      S    S    National Care Service
      This conference notes the current predicament for those who
      unfortunately need residential care due to ill health, and that some elderly
      people face giving up their life savings, including their property, to pay for
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      their care.
      Conference further notes that many of the two million workers who are
      employed in the care work sector receive just the national minimum wage;
      recent research by academics at King’s College London estimate that
      between 150,000 and 200,000 care workers receive less than the
      statutory minimum.
      Conference deplores the exploitation of workers, the elderly and the sick
      in order to make private profit.
      Conference therefore instructs the NEC to campaign for the creation of a
      National Care Service which would take care homes into public
      ownership. Such a service would aspire to:
       Provide a high quality of care, with all care homes meeting
           professional standards;
       Provide high quality employment for its work force, who would be
           professionally trained and adequately paid;
       Provide care to all in need, free at the point of delivery, funded
           through general taxation, and publicly owned without any involvement
           from the private, voluntary or charity sectors.
                                           Mover: DWP Tyne View Park (047123)
A32                                                                                 S    S    Istanbul Convention/Domestic
      This National Conference condemns the failure of the UK Government to
      sign up to the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention.
      In May 2011, the Council of Europe opened a new convention. The
      Istanbul Convention seeks to combat violence against women and
      domestic violence. Currently it has been signed by 18 countries of the 47
      member states but the UK isn’t one of them.
      The Convention was set up to ensure countries conform to an agreed
      minimum standard and so that a proper framework is set up to protect and
      assist victims, promote equality between men and women, and support’s
      law enforcement and international co-operation on eliminating violence.
      Conference believes the UK Government should not have any problem
      signing up to these principles and also believes that by not doing so this
      could weaken the hand of other countries. Countries where a strong
      convention could see a start to addressing major problems in the handling
      of violence against women and domestic violence. The UK has double
      their responsibility at the moment as chair of the Council of Europe for a
      six month term and has promised to use the position to focus on
      promoting human rights.
      Violence against women and domestic violence presents a grave threat to
      the equal treatment and well being of millions in the UK and worldwide. It
      is estimated that at least one out of every three women around the world
      has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in their lifetime.
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      Conference therefore notes by not signing the Istanbul Convention this
      undermines leadership of the UK government in this area and of more
      importance and concern they are sending out a signal nationally and
      internationally that violence of this nature is somehow acceptable and not
      a priority.
      This Conference instructs the NEC to;
      1. Expose UK Government failings in this area.
      2. Campaign Members to lobby their MP’s for support in securing a
           commitment from the UK Government in that that they will tackle the
           issues of violence against women and domestic violence.
      3. Ask members to petition the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for
           Equalities, Lynne Featherstone, asking her to commit the UK to
           signing the Istanbul Convention.
      4. Work with TUC, STUC, NIPSA, WTUC and other Trade Unions for
           joined up action regarding these issues.
                                                  Mover: HMRC Dundee (200029)
A33                                                                                     S    S    Investigate Union Busters
      Conference notes the way repressive legislation has been used, in the
      most cynical manner to prevent collective action by workers in defence of
      their hard-won rights. We note with distaste, the development of
      consultancies, legal firms and agencies with specialise in assisting
      business to exploit these draconian laws.
      All who stand for workers’ rights, progress and social justice find their task
      made ever more difficult by this situation. Hamstrung in the face of
      constant attacks, by regressive and unjust anti-union laws, workers are
      confronted with the legalised chicanery of big business, exploiting every
      loophole to forestall collective action: technicalities cynically written into
      the law for precisely this reason.
      Although more associated with the private sector at present, public sector
      workers ignore these developments at their peril.
      Therefore, conference instructs the NEC to:
       Conduct research into the identities and activities of companies or
           individuals engaged in “union busting” activities.
       Attempt to establish who their customers are; above all, whether their
           services are used by any public sector employers.
       Find out more about the exact nature of these nefarious activities and
           identify any illegal practices which should be challenged through
           appropriate means.
       Use this information in eh widest possible domain to expose,
           denounce and criticise any organisations or individuals found to be
       Promote vigorous, effective and unified campaigning throughout the
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         trade unions and wider labour movement to put an end to union
         busting activities.
       Counteract propaganda designed to dissuade disorganised workers
         from joining unions.
                                         Mover: MOD Yorkshire (014172)
A34   Covers: E320-E321                                                              S    S    Campaign Against Construction
                                                                                               Industry Blacklisting
      This ADC notes the ongoing campaign for justice for construction industry
      workers who have suffered from organised 'blacklisting' from many
      employers within the sector via the Consulting Association for trade union
      and health and safety activity. The Blacklist Support Group has been set
      up to provide support and assistance to the many hundreds affected
      Conference notes the recent unsuccessful Employment Tribunal case for
      Dave Smith, one of those blacklisted for his trade union activities. At his
      ET an agreed statement of facts between him and those companies
      accused of blacklisting was read out, these agreed facts included:
       Mr Smith had been blacklisted,
       the companies managers had provided information to the Consulting
          Association about Mr Smith,
       the reason for providing this information was because of Mr Smith's
          trade union activities,
       an additional reason was the health and safety concerns raised by Mr
       that the blacklisting caused Mr Smith detriment.
      The ET was ultimately unsuccessful because Dave Smith was not an
      actual employee of any of the companies that had blacklisted him, and
      had been employed through sub-contracting and as such he is considered
      to be a worker but not an employee.
      Conference notes the Dave Smith now intends to take his case to the
      European Court for Human Rights. Conference believes that the
      blacklisting of workers in a breach of fundamental human rights, and an
      attack on working people and trade unionists.
      Conference therefore agrees that Dave smith's case is vital to the cause
      of working people, and agrees to support him and the Blacklist Support
      group in their quest for justice. Support should include the following:
       invite the Blacklist Support Group to hold an official fringe meeting at
          ADC 2013,
       lobby within the TUC to hold a fringe meeting on the campaign at the
          next Congress,
       publicise the case to PCS members through an article in PCS View,
       encourage branches to send messages of support and invite
          speakers from the support group to branch meetings,
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          campaign for a change in the law to cover all workers, not just
      Conference also notes that in an Employment Tribunal held in 2006, Alan
      Wainwright, a former manager in the construction industry testified that
      blacklisting of trade unionists did go on. The Tribunal concluded that a
      blacklist exists. Given the fact that employers are collecting and storing
      more information about their staff than ever before, it will be easier to
      blacklist and difficult to prove that they do exist.
      Conference therefore instructs the NEC to urge the TUC to lobby for:
       the release of all information held by employers on the staff;
       outlawing of all blacklists;
       the right for employees to see references or information about each
           individual which is passed from employer to employer.
                                     Mover: Home Office West Croydon (026102)
                                 Seconder: MOJ Public Guardian Office (052046)
A35   Covers: E322-E327                                                              S    S    Outsourcing and Tax Havens
      This conference notes that research shows that 13 of the top 20
      outsourcing companies have overseas subsidiaries in tax havens. This
      allows them the ability to re-cycle monies off shore so as to reduce or
      even eliminate their UK tax bill owing on outsourced contracts.
      A Public Accounts Committee report shows that many PFI contracts are
      now owned by off shore companies, which means they pay little or no tax
      on these contracts.
      Ironically for both PFI and outsourced contracts it is assumed that the
      companies will pay tax and this assumption is used to increase the cost of
      the in house comparator (if the contract stays in house then no tax is
      This abuse of the public sector contracts must end. All companies that run
      such contracts must pay full UK tax.
      Of course the best way to prevent abuses would be to take outsourced
      work back in house. In the absence of this though, this Conference
      instructs the NEC to mount a campaign around this subject, with the
      campaign seeking to make it unlawful and/or against public sector policy
      for public sector contracts to be awarded or kept by companies that use
      overseas subsidiaries in tax havens or any other tax avoidance methods
      to reduce or eliminate their UK tax bill.
                                      Mover: DfT London & HQ Regions (201034)
                                               Seconder: DWP Berkshire (047107)
A36   Covers: E328-E330                                                             O     O    Public Service Candidates
      Conference instructs the NEC to start discussions with sister trade unions,              Not sure about the selection process -
      like-minded members of political parties and campaign groups with the                    need to lookup A142/11.
      aim of offering the electorate a “Public Service” endorsed candidate in
      every Parliamentary Constituency at the next General Election. Such
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      candidates must to be selected in line with ADC motion A142 (2011).
      The policy statement of candidates to be endorsed must include a firm
      commitment supporting:
       Economic and fiscal strategy in line with PCS “The Alternative”
           campaign including ending the privatisation of public services, fighting
           cuts in the public services, the creation of “green jobs”, cancelling the
           Trident replacement and withdrawing armed forces from Afghanistan.
       The provision of equitable state benefits in line with PCS “Welfare –
           an alternative vision” campaign.
       Opposed to racism, fascism and discrimination from any source.
       The opposition to further restrictions and diminution of the legal rights
           of all trade union representatives.
                                                    Mover: DWP Dorset (047097)
                                                 Seconder: DWP Devon (047095)
A37   Covers: E331-E332                                                                 S    S    Affordable Rents
      Conference notes the recent report from the housing charity Shelter which
      states that average private rents are unaffordable for working families in
      over half of all local authorities in England and details the failure of the
      private property sector to meet basic housing need, such as the “Buy to
      Let” fiasco.
      Conference re-affirms its existing policies on the need for major expansion
      of council / social housing.
      Conference is appalled at the current policies of housing pursued by all
      three major political parties which directly hit the working class and is
      nothing more than social cleansing especially in London.
      Conference instructs the NEC to lobby the TUC to campaign for the
       Make the case for a return to statutory rent controls on commercially-
           leased Domestic accommodation, as was previously carried out by
           Rent Officers.
       The building of council and social housing which has affordable rents
           that mean affordable.
       lobby against the introduction of market rents in Council or Social
                                   Mover: MOJ Public Guardian Office (052046)
                       Seconder: R&C VOA Central London Valuation (200148)
A38                                                                                     S    S    Use Olympics for Protests/Strike
      Conference believes that the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics have been
      transformed into a shop window for many of the world's least ethical and
      most anti-union corporations. These include McDonalds, Coca-Cola and
      Dow Chemicals. Of particular interest to our members, one sponsor,
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      ATOS, is a firm which provides occupational health referrals for civil
      service departments, in particular when the possibility of dismissal of a
      member of staff on the basis of their sick record is under consideration or
      where there are questions as to whether any medical condition they might
      have may come under the Equality Act 2010 as a disability.
      Many of the reports from ATOS are of extremely poor standard and make
      it harder to defend our members in these circumstances. In the DWP,
      work undertaken by ATOS is being used to remove disability related
      benefits from claimants. The Olympics and Paralympics are also expected
      to lead to a crackdown on civil liberties for the duration of the games,
      which will be characterised by excessive policing and probably severe
      restrictions on the right to demonstrate, especially in areas near the
      Conference recognises that the ruling coalition is using these games both
      to present a positive image of a successful country to the world and to
      raise morale at home. It will therefore present a fundamentally false
      impression of Britain, a country in which the majority are facing swingeing
      cuts to their standard of living while a minority of millionaires continue to
      live the good life. We should not fall into line with this agenda, however
      much it is pushed by the government and the right-wing media, and
      recognise that the fact that “the eyes of the world” will be on London can
      be turned to our advantage.
      Conference instructs the NEC to consider timing industrial action, where a
      mandate for this exists, to take place during the period of the Olympic and
      Paralympic Games, if this is considered by it to be in the best interests of
      our members.
      Conference also instructs the NEC to express its solidarity with anti-cuts
      and disability rights activists, including those protesting against ATOS,
      during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
                                                Mover: MOJ RCJ/PRFD (052054)
A39                                                                                    S    S    High Speed Rail
      Conference welcomes plans to implement the new High Speed Rail line,
      In addition to easing congestion on existing rail infrastructure and creating
      much needed extra capacity in terms on rail services; the project will
      create thousands of construction and engineering jobs for the UK
      economy and lead to higher employment within the rail industry for many
      years to come which will undoubtedly help lay the groundwork for vital
      long term and sustainable economic growth.
      Conference instructs the NEC to formally endorse and support plans for
      HS2 as part of the national campaign to highlight the need for further
      investment in the economy as an alternative to austerity and cuts.
                                          Mover: CPS East Midlands (070010)
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A40                                                                                 S    S    Reinstate Unfairly Dismissed
      At present under UK employment law the employer of an individual who is
      found to be unfairly dismissed by an employment tribunal is under no
      obligation to reinstate the employee. Thus although compensation may be
      paid the employer if acting maliciously or in a bullying fashion has
      succeeded in their aim. That is to hound the individual out of employment.
      Conference instructs PCS to campaign for a change in employment law
      such that where an individual is found to have been unfairly dismissed the
      employer should be obliged by law to reinstate them if the individual
      concerned so wishes.
                                     Mover: DWP South East London (047035)
A41   Covers: E333                                                                  S    S    Tax Havens
      Conference should be aware that the billions acquired by Bankers, Tax
      Evaders and deposed dictators are being squirreled away in Tax Havens
      under the authority of the UK government. Yet while ordinary working
      people suffer as a result of the greed and mess left by the banking
      fraternity and ex dictators the current UK government refuses to clamp
      down on these tax havens where there is enough cash to plug the deficit
      caused by tax payers having to bail out the banks.
      Conference therefore instructs the NEC
       To lobby the TUC and our Parliamentarians to close the tax havens
           under UK authority.
       To get back all tax owed to the taxpayer to used to properly finance
           public services.
       To lobby Parliament and the TUC so that the public can access what
           every company and individual has paid in tax, similar as to what
           happens in Finland.
                                   Mover: MOJ Public Guardian Office (052046)
                        Seconder: Welsh Government Cardiff Branch (042004)
A42                                                                                 S    S    Campaign Against Tax Avoiders
      This conference welcomes the publication of the PCS “There is an
      alternative” leaflet arguing against the cuts. One of the demands in this
      document is that the Government should close tax avoidance loopholes.
      This conference supports this measure.
      We notice however from press reports, actions taken by anti-cuts
      campaigners and the website False Economy that the following major
      companies are alleged to be using various tax avoidance measures:
       Barclays
       Boots
       Google
       HMV
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       Top Shop and the Arcadia Group
       SABMiller Brewery
       Vodafone
      Whilst these tax avoidance measures may not be illegal we believe that
      these companies do have a moral obligation to pay their share of tax. If
      these and other companies did pay their fair share of tax none of the cuts
      in public services the Government is planning would need to be made.
      We call on the NEC to step up the campaign against companies that are
      not paying their fair share of taxes by issuing press releases, political
      lobbying and most of all a membership campaign. All members should be
      encouraged to write to these companies advising them that they and their
      families will cease being their customers until such time as they pay their
      fair share of taxation and that it is taxation that pays for public services.
      We should also use our links with the TUC to encourage other unions to
      do the same.
                                            Mover: DWP West Lonrdon (047036)
A43                                                                                    S    S    Unemployed Workers' Centres
      Conference applauds the work of all activists in the campaign against cuts
      being made by central and local government. Conference agrees that it is
      absolutely imperative that we continue to do all we can to defend jobs and
      Conference also recognises however that trade unions have a
      responsibility to provide support and assistance to those adversely
      affected by the cuts. Conference therefore instructs the NEC to submit a
      motion to TUC Conference, which agrees to fund Trade union and
      Unemployed workers centres in communities where local unions and
      trades councils identify a need for them.
      Conference recognises that organisation of such centres can be difficult
      and agrees that proper frameworks will need to be established in order to
      ensure that all centres actually provide the services people need.
      Conference further instructs the NEC to ensure its motion includes
      reference to the following criteria for the centres:
      1. The centres should actively promote union membership and activity
           as well as providing support to union branches.
      2. The centres should provide assistance to unemployed people for job
           searching and benefit advice.
      3. Adequate funding should be available to ensure the centres are
           properly staffed.
      Finally Conference instructs the NEC to ensure that the National
      Unemployed Centres Combine are fully consulted and involved in the
      implementation of this motion.
                                      Mover: DWP South East London (047035)
A44                                                                                    S    S    Winter Fuel Allowance
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      Conference deplores the callous decision of this ConDem government to
      cut the Winter Fuel Allowance for pensioners and freeze it for the next four
      years. This decision, which has cut payments by £50 for those aged 60 to
      79, and by £100 for those over 80, comes on top of the Chancellor of the
      Exchequer’s decision this year to increase Pension Credit for the poorest
      pensioners by a mere 3.9%. Millions more could now be forced into fuel
      poverty at a time when the ‘Big Six’ energy companies have announced
      their intention to increase fuel prices by 20%, food prices continue to spiral
      and the Met Office has advised that the trend remains towards harsher
      PCS believes that the most vulnerable should not be forced to pay for this
      current crisis. And yet some of our pensioners could end up paying for it
      with their very lives. Figures released from the Office of National Statistics
      (ONS) show that, between November 2010 and March 2011, 25,700 older
      people died of cold-related diseases in the UK. Conference acknowledges
      that this death rate amongst our elderly, which is now amongst the highest
      in the developed world, is nothing less than a national disgrace.
      Conference deplores this attack upon the basic human rights and dignity
      of millions of older men and women who, at the end of their active working
      lives, should be entitled to live with dignity and in comfort, rather than in
      fear and financial hardship. It instructs the NEC to campaign to reverse
      this decision and to pledge its support to the National Pensioners’
      Convention (NPC) and their campaign for a Winter Fuel Allowance of
      £500 per household.
                                           Mover: DWP Durham County (047121)
A45   Covers: E334                                                                      S    S    Travellers
      Conference is aware of the brutal evictions of the British Roma and Irish
      Traveller groups in Dale farm as well as throughout the country. Although
      the Dale Farm Travellers have been accused of illegally squatting, they
      were residing on Green Belt land that was of no detriment to society and
      the evictions are in breach of the UN resolutions. The Tory dominated
      Council in Basildon did not offer any guaranteed alternative for residential
      accommodation. The Dale Farm evictions, of which, only, benefited
      private profiteers who intended to convert it into a brown field site, are a
      perfect example that cuts are generating racism and discriminatory scape
      – goating during an economic recession. But evictions against Travellers
      are occurring everywhere throughout Britain. In addition, a localism bill
      has been going through parliament that includes the abolition of
      retrospective planning applications of which will further discriminate
      against the Travelling Community.
      Conference notes that there is no room for any form of racist
      discrimination and we should do everything in our power to crack down on
      these overseen attitudes against Travellers within our own workplaces and
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      throughout the rest of society. Therefore, we instruct conference to pursue
      and implement the following policies:
      1. To encourage PCS as well as Trade Union support in demonstrations
          against evictions of Travellers, especially with the use of banners.
      2. To provide support in terms of social provision and health care for the
          Travelling community against any discrimination.
      3. To campaign for a ban on unnecessary evictions for Travellers from
          greenbelt land.
      4. To ensure that the abolition of Retrospective Planning Applications is
          deleted from the localism bill and replaced with a fairer system of
          planning applications for all Travellers.
      5. To ensure a key set of demands of public services for all and engage
          with all local councils, communities and Trades Councils.
      6. Offer practical support.
                                   Mover: MOJ Public Guardian Office (052046)
A46                                                                                  LD       O       Anti-Fascist Activity
      That this Annual Delegate Conference notes:                                           Could
       That the far-right are once more pursuing a strategy of controlling the            end up
          streets by force;                                                                 with a
       That this has resulted in increasing attacks on the left and on                    militant
          organised workers by fascists;                                                   organis
       That the far-right’s confidence and numbers only continue to grow as                ation
          they face inadequate opposition;                                                   that
       That as the threat increases the workers’ movement – including union               promot
          meetings, marches and picket lines – will become a target of this                es pre-
          fascist violence.                                                                emptiv
      Conference agrees:                                                                       e
       That as a traditional target of the far-right, the trade unions cannot             violent
          leave the fight against fascism to others;                                        action
       That fascism is a violent ideology which needs to be opposed
          wherever it organises;
       That defeating fascism through mass opposition is the task of the
          organised working class, not only on the streets but in our workplaces
          and communities.
      Conference therefore instructs the National Executive Committee:
       To create links with existing militant anti-fascist organisations, such as
          in Liverpool, Manchester and Brighton;
       To encourage branches to seek affiliation where possible and
          cooperation with such militant anti-fascist organisations;
       To help initiate such organisations where they don’t already exist;
       To publicise militant anti-fascist activity, mobilise PCS members
          nationally wherever the far-right threatens to appear and to encourage
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          other trade unions to take a similar stance.
      Conference resolves that, given the physical threat the far-right pose, this
      should be done as a matter of urgency.
                                            Mover: R&C Bootle Taxes (200006)
A47                                                                                    LD    O    Union Learning Representative
      Conference notes the importance of having reps trained to carry out the                     Properly OK, but I'm always wary of
      role of the Union Learning Representative (ULR) but also believes that the                  Fylde motions.
      timescales contained within the ACAS code of being trained within 6
      months of appointment can be unrealistic in some areas.
      Due to the savage cuts to the Trade Union Education programme
      nationally, the Preston Trade Union Education Unit has closed and many
      others around the country are in a similar perilous position.
      The 5 day ULR course has been regularly cancelled over the previous two
      years in the Blackpool and Preston area and it is not possible for some
      reps to travel further afield to find courses that are running. Whilst on-line
      training is an option, this is/ has proved restrictive to many Reps as there
      is a requirement to have access to the internet outside of the workplace,
      as computer systems of many Departments do not permit the download of
      the necessary materials/ software required.
      Conference instructs the incoming NEC to campaign/ negotiate alongside
      the TUC (submitting motions where applicable to facilitate that) to amend
      the ACAS guidance from 6 months to a more manageable timescale and
      look at the possibility of introducing mentoring to the guidance as an
      alternative option.
                    Mover: DWP Fylde Central Benefits and Services (047139)
A48                                                                                    LD    S    Swedish Derogation Contracts
      Conference is appalled that agency workers are being employed on                            Not entirely clear what this is, but a
      Swedish Derogation contracts. These contracts allow staff to be paid the                    look at this website advising
      minimum wage which undermines workers rights and creates a two –tier                        employers about how to get around
      workforce. Conference calls upon the incoming NEC to conduct a review                       regulations. Anyone with any doubts
      to investigate the legality of the Swedish derogation and to form a policy                  that private employers are profiteering
      on the use of such contracts to be issued as guidance with associated                       scum should read this.
      campaign materials to groups and branches by December 2012.
                                         Mover: EFRA Natural England (001064)
A49                                                                                    LD    S    European Services Directive
      Conference will be aware that the European Services Directive will
      undermine pay and conditions in every workplace.
      Conference, therefore, instructs the NEC to:
       Make representations to the TUC to lobby for the withdrawal of UK
         support for the European Services Directive.
                                 Mover: MOJ Public Guardian Office (052046)
A50                                                                                     S    S    Private Equity Firms
      Conference will be aware of the immense damage that Private Equity                          Bit too mild in my view, but then what
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      Firms do companies that they take over and slice to the bone. Such                         I'd do to Private Equity Firms is not
      companies are on record for reducing employees to the very minimum and                     printable.
      doing vast damage to their terms and conditions. The review done by
      David Walker does not go far enough to control these private equity firms.
      The takeover of AA by private equity firm Permira resulted in thousands of
      job losses and an eventual merger with Saga, the over 50’s insurance and
      publishing firm. Private equity is centred on its get rich-quick asset
      stripping and tax avoidance. One could well argue that it is the failure to
      regulate the private sector has contributed to the “credit crunch” which will
      affect economies around the world.
      Conference therefore instructs the NEC to lobby the TUC for the following
       Private Equity Firms and so-called portfolio companies based in the
           UK that use huge loans to purchase large companies should release
           plans of what they intend to do with those companies, and how they
           intend to pay back the loans, to the employees, customers and
           stakeholders before any acquisition attempt.
       They should disclose details of investments and how they have
           performed over time. An annual report would suffice.
       Firms based off shore to escape UK taxes should be excluded from
           acquiring other companies in the UK.
       Buyout firms should also detail the board members and senior
           managers in charge of specific funds.
       An annual report which should appear no later than 3 months after the
           year end should include a discussion of its performance and
           information about employees, its effect on the environment and social
           and community issues.
       The financial risks of using excessive debt to fund buyouts should
           also be added to the reporting requirement.
       The huge pay and fees enjoyed by private equity bosses should be
           included in the annual reports.
       There should be robust protection for employees’ terms and
           conditions of employment once an acquisition has taken place.
      The above bullet points should not be part of a voluntary code but should
      be made compulsory.
                                  Mover: MOJ Public Guardian Office (052046)
A51   Covers: E335                                                                     S    S    Aboliish the City of London
      Conference instructs the NEC to campaign for the abolition of the City of
      London Corporation.
      The objects of the campaign are to:
      a) End the archaic position which leaves the Corporation outside of true
          democratic accountability and prevents tax payers having the same
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           rights as in all other parts of England.
      b)   Enable the quantifying of all assets of the Corporation.
      c)   Use identified assets to fund health, educational and social welfare
           provision and capital investment in green projects, for the benefit of all
           the communities who have protected and supported the Corporation
           throughout the last 1000 years.
                                                      Mover: DWP Avon (047093)
                                                  Seconder: DWP Devon (047095)
A52                                                                                      S    S    Defy Coalition Cuts
      This NDC condemns the outrageous cuts by the millionaires` Westminster
      Government. This brutal assault on workers and communities is not
      unavoidable, given the obscene profits and wealth enjoyed by big
      business and the rich; the potential income from socially useful
      sustainable investment; and the vast boost to public resources if taxes on
      big business and the rich were restored to 1979 levels, before Thatcher’s
      and subsequent governments slashed them.
       Conference instructs the NEC to conduct a campaign of public
      information, workplace meetings, rallies and demonstrations around the
      unifying slogans ‘No cuts - tax the rich’ and ‘Defy all Westminster cuts -
      why should we pay for their crisis ?’
      Conference notes the Coalition has no mandate to rule or ruin any of the
      constituent parts of the UK; demands the devolved governments stand up
      for their people; refuse to pass on Westminster’s cuts; set spending plans
      in a No-Cuts defiance budget that defends every job, service and workers
      income; and spearhead a mass campaign of resistance by workers,
      communities and students, demanding back our stolen £billions from
      Conference calls on all non-Tory-Lib-Dem councillors to defy Coalition
      cuts by setting No-Cuts budgets, mobilising a mass movement alongside
      council workers and communities, demanding back our stolen £millions.
      Conference pledges the wholehearted support of PCS to councillors who
      take this principled stand in defence of jobs, services and conditions.
      Conference instructs the NEC to campaign via the TUC, STUC, WTUC
      and ITUC to convince councillors of this stance, with a systematic
      campaign of lobbies, demonstrations and when necessary industrial
      action, to force funding to defend workers and communities from the
      devastation issued in response to a capitalist crisis not of our making.
                                             Mover: R&C East Kilbride (200031)
A53                                                                                      S    S    Cut Tax Dodgers Not Pensions
      That this ADC recognises the immense effectiveness of PCS’s “The
      alternative” campaign in the media and in leading effective opposition from
      the Trade Union movement, Tax Justice, UK Uncut, etc to the Tory led
      coalition Government of millionaires’ attack of political dogma to trash
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      Public Services in which the Private Sector sees our jobs as orchards of
      work ripening to be plucked for private profit.
      This ADC instructs the NEC to use this campaign to explain in simple
      terms how easy it is for wealthy individuals and corporations using experts
      to avoid income taxes by simply declaring that:
      They are outside of the UK for all but an average of 90 midnights; they are
      domiciled abroad; the company is registered abroad.
      This ADC notes that slogans such as “CUT TAX DODGERS NOT
      PENSIONS” better inform the public and galvanise support from them.
      This ADC instructs the NEC to campaign that HMRC must be answerable
      to Parliament and the people not the crown, the rich, the powerful and that
      with sufficient resources collecting tax currently estimated as owed
      avoided and evaded a tax yield per annum of £100 billion over just ten
      years could entirely cancel the £1 trillion UK National Debt delivering job
      creation not job cuts; prosperity for the millions not just the millionaires.
                                              Mover: R&C South Wales (200102)
A54                                                                                    S    S    Reduce the Pernicious Influence of
                                                                                                 Corrupt Media Barons
      That this ADC condemns the scandalous behaviour of the newspaper
      industry and in particular News International in incidents such as the
      hacking of Millie Dowler’s mobile phone, and considers that Rupert and
      James Murdoch are not fit or proper persons to run a media outlet in the
      The NEC is instructed to use PCS channels of communication to expose
      the lies peddled by this corporation and to urge PCS members to boycott
      Murdoch controlled businesses such as The Sun and The Sun on Sunday,
      and to do everything in PCS’s power to reduce the pernicious influence of
      corrupt media barons.
                                             Mover: R&C Cambridge (200014)
A55                                                                                    S    S    Campaign for Workplace Ballots
      Conference notes that the draconian Trade Union laws brought in by
      Margaret Thatcher’s government hinder democracy in the workplace. For
      example in times of industrial disputes members are not allowed to
      exercise their basic democratic right in voting within the workplace.
      We therefore instruct conference to support the right for members to vote
      within the workplace be it for either electing officials or for industrial
      disputes. This will ensure every member gets an opportunity to have their
      say and in turn will ensure that turnouts for ballots will be significantly
       To campaign and lobby all the major political parties to support the
           democratic right for Trade Union members to vote within the work
       To seek support from the TUC & other Trade Unions in lifting the ban
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          on work place ballots.
         Campaigning within the media that not being able to vote within the
          work place is undemocratic as it would ensure a much higher turnout
          in members being able to use their vote.
                                              Mover: IPS North West (026118)
A56                                                                                    S    S    Preserve Retirement Perks
      This ADC calls upon the NEC to press the TUC to secure a commitment
      from the Government to preserve gains made during the life of the
      previous administration, to include:
      a) The provision of free bus passes at the state retirement age.
      b) Retention of the winter fuel allowance.
      c) Retention of the free TV licence for those aged 75 and over.
                                                  Mover: R&C Anglia (200147)
A57                                                                                    S    S    Misuse of Pension Funds
      Conference believes that Limited Companies are as much the preserve of
      workers and pensioners as anyone else, and deplores the actions of
      company officials speculating with the hard earned contributions of the
      It therefore calls upon the NEC to lobby the TUC and Government for new
      primary legislation aimed at outlawing the ability of companies to utilise
      company pension schemes as part of creative accounting bolstering up
      the financial position of companies for takeovers.
                                                   Mover: R&C Anglia (200147)
A58                                                                                    S    S    Short Selling
      Conference should be aware that the current Government is opposed to
      the banning of short selling in the financial markets. Short selling is where
      a broker borrows shares sells them at a high price and then talks the
      shares down to their previous cost so he can buy them back cheaply and
      make a profit by handing them back to the original owner. There are many
      permutations of this kind of selling but what it can mean is that drives the
      market into recession by stopping companies from recovering their values
      in the stock market. Some Brokers or “Hedge Funds” buy enough shares
      in a company so as to block any recovery so they can bet on a rival
      company whose shares will escalate. Shares that these Hedge funds or
      Brokers have already bought and stand to make a killing if the rival
      company fails. It is like sabotaging a horse so the one you want to win will
      Short selling is banned in the US, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.
      In 1997 the Asian financial crisis was triggered by a co-ordinate attack by
      short sellers on the Tai baht.
      Conference therefore instructs the NEC:
       To lobby the TUC to prohibit the practice of short selling in the United
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                                 Mover: MOJ Public Guardian Office (052046)
A59                                                                                   S    S    Campaign for Employers to Pay
                                                                                                Workplace Parking Levy
      Conference notes that from 1 April 2012, Nottingham City Council will
      begin charging up to £288 plus VAT per car parking space via the
      workplace parking levy – a levy on “employers” that provide workplace
      parking. The charge is to rise incrementally year on year to over £320.
      Conference opposes the response of many employers to pass on the
      burden of this cost to its employees and believes that the employer should
      pay this levy in full on behalf of its employees instead of burdening
      members with an extra charge they can ill-afford.
      The decision of hundreds of Unite members from the Imperial Tobacco’s
      Nottingham site to ballot for industrial action over the company’s decision
      to make them pay part of the “workplace parking levy” sets a precedent for
      PCS to join with other unions and firmly oppose the workplace parking
      levy and take necessary steps to create solidarity and defend members
      Conference believes the Council has imposed this levy on employers and
      it is their responsibility – not the workforce to pay for it. The NEC is
      therefore instructed to mount a campaign aimed at securing the
      withdrawal of employers passing on the cost of the workplace parking levy
      to employees across the Civil Service, national departmental bodies and
      in all commercial areas where PCS is recognised.
                                            Mover: CPS East Midlands (070010)
A60                                                                                  LD    S    Fair Monetary System
      This conference agrees that PCS should work in collaboration with other
      unions to commence a campaign, or support existing campaigns, for
      reform of the current monetary system to produce a fair, transparent and
      sustainable monetary system that will allow people to work and live in
                                              Mover: DfT West Midlands (019042)
A61   Covers: E336                                                                   LD    S    Abolish Crown Dependencies
      Conference instructs the NEC to campaign for the abolition of the Crown
      Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and The Isle of Man.
      The aims of the campaign being to:
      a) Allow residents to be subject to English Law and Parliamentary
      b) Uphold the equality of residency and employment rights of any British
           Citizen wishing to live on the islands – and vice versa.
      c) End the “at arms length” secrecy jurisdiction status of the islands, thus
           allowing proper financial and taxation supervision of companies and
      d) Enable all political parties to stand candidates in election thus
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          ensuring full electoral rights for voters.
                                                   Mover: DWP Cornwall (047094)
                                                   Seconder: DWP Avon (047093)
A62                                                                                 LD    O    Red Tape Challenge
      This ADC notes with concern the failure of PCS to identify and take full
      part in the Red Tape Challenge. Opportunities to shape changes to
      employment law have been missed by PCS and its members as a result of
      this to the detriment of all PCS members. This ADC instructs the NEC to
      allocate resources to monitoring the Red Tape Challenge and to
      communicate forthcoming debates to its members, ensuring the Red Tape
      Challenge does not become a route for big business to railroad changes
      to employment law, H&S legislation etc without opposition.
                           Mover: R&C West Lancs & West Cheshire (200132)
      4. Organisation and Resources
A63                                                                                  S    S    Fundamental Strategic Review of
      Conference notes that over the last three years PCS has continued to
      successfully build our membership and campaign and organise to defend
      members whilst also reducing costs.
      In this context, since 2008 we have conducted a review of staffing and
      facilities resulting in measures that have freed resources to further
      develop the union as a campaigning, progressive organisation within a
      context of falling income.
      There has been a reduction of the senior management structure, including
      a reduction in Senior National Officer posts by ten, with resources re-
      invested where they will be most effective in delivering for members.
      Overall, the staffing complement has been reduced by 13% saving
      approximately £2 million. There has been a large increase in the use of 'e'
      communications, video and telephone conferencing. We have
      implemented new, more efficient office systems and streamlined line
      management. In the last three years there have been savings made of just
      over £750,000 from a reorganisation of the union’s properties and
      renegotiation of facilities contracts. An agreement has been reached with
      GMB on a pay and pensions settlement which involves a planned increase
      in contributions bringing the pension fund onto a sustainable footing.
      Rather than merely seek to make cuts in expenditure we have taken a
      strategic approach which has redirected resources towards achieving
      bargaining and campaigning objectives and reduced the use of resources
      on routine activity.
      Conference welcomes the effective financial management of the union
      which has maintained PCS as a viable, campaigning organisation.
      Conference notes that, whilst we have increased density, our membership
      has fallen considerably since the current government adopted policies of
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      job cuts in the civil service and related bodies and that this has caused
      increasing financial pressure on the union. The likely reduction in income
      over the next year and beyond is significant.
      Conference congratulates the union’s reps who have worked hard to
      recruit new members and thereby maintaining and even improving the
      union’s density in the public sector. If that work had not been carried out
      PCS would today be in a much more difficult situation. Nevertheless,
      Conference believes that, whilst it is vital that we continue to strengthen
      the union through recruitment, we need to make plans on the basis of
      falling income as a consequence of the decline in membership.
      Conference therefore instructs the NEC:
      1. To carry out a fundamental strategic review of all our activities and
            expenditure aimed at ensuring PCS is operating within its income over
            the period 2012-2014, consulting as appropriate with Groups and
            Regions/Nations, whilst ensuring that the largest possible proportion
            of subscriptions is directed towards effectively representing members
            and enabling PCS to continue to develop as the foremost
            campaigning union in Britain.
      2. To report the outcome of the review to ADC 2013.
                                                                       Mover: NEC
A64   To be taken in a general debate with A65 and A66 Covers: E375-E376             S    S    PCS Legal Services
      Conference condemns the Government’s continuing attack on the rights
      and safeguards of working people, through their erosion of employment
      rights, for example by the recent doubling to 2 years of the qualifying
      employment period for unfair dismissal claims, the planned introduction of
      fees to apply to Employment Tribunal, attacks on the health and safety
      regime and changes to funding for civil court personal injury claims which
      will adversely affect the legal services that PCS provides to members .
      Conference commits PCS to ongoing campaigning against these attacks,
      through the TUC, in conjunction with other unions and directly through the
      PCS Parliamentary Group.
      Conference is extremely concerned about the potential impacts of the
      introduction of application fees for employment tribunals, recognising that
      many employers within the Civil Service cannot deal with a grievance
      under their current procedures before the member is forced to submit a
      protective ET claim. Conference believes that these moves reinforce the
      short-sightedness of the Government in abolishing the Civil Service
      Appeal Board. Conference commits PCS to urgently opening negotiations
      with employers to improve their systems for handling such grievances and
      seeking to ensure, where necessary, that grievance outcomes can include
      the payment of appropriate compensation, to cover what might be
      awarded in a successful tribunal.
      Conference recognises that the timing of these changes mean that
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      changes to the PCS legal services may be needed between conferences
      and authorises the NEC to implement such change as is necessary within
      the framework of the following principles:
      1. Conference believes that it must be a priority for PCS to support its
           members both industrially and legally, to ensure that they are treated
           fairly at work, that their employment rights are maintained and that
           they have access to legal redress for injuries caused by others’
      2. Conference restates the importance of ensuring equality for all,
           including through representation, and by actively opposing all forms of
           discrimination and harassment, as detailed in Principle Rule 1(f);
      3. PCS reaffirms the right of those who are injured through the
           negligence of others to seek legal redress and compensation and that
           those rights should be supported by PCS;
      4. PCS will seek to do so without the need to collect any conditional fees
           from the compensation awarded to successful claimants beyond the
           additional 10% increase to general damages envisaged in the
      5. PCS recommits itself to the principal of seeking to resolve disputes
           without the need for recourse to law and makes it a priority for group
           negotiators to seek to ensure effective systems exist with employers
           to make this possible;
      6. PCS recognises that the effective operation of such a system
           depends on having a network of suitably trained representatives, with
           adequate time allowed to them, to support members and less
           experiences reps and commits itself to providing the necessary
           training and guidance to develop and support those reps;
      7. PCS will continue to strengthen and develop the work of the Legal &
           Personal Case Unit, in providing guidance to Groups and National
           Branches on developing effective personal case handling systems
           and supporting reps in the early assessment of potential employment
           law cases.
                                                                     Mover: NEC
                                  Seconder: R&C Greater Manchester (200135)
A65   To be taken in a general debate with A64 and A66 Covers: E377                  O     R/O   PCS Legal Services
      This conference recognises that most members that join PCS do so in the
      hope and expectation that if they need help (and including legal
      assistance) from their union regarding issues with their employer that such
      support will be readily available to them if necessary. Therefore it is with
      regret that this conference acknowledges that the reality is anything but in
      that PCS has actually developed into “a union that likes to say no” when it
      comes to supporting members to pursue employment tribunal claims.
      This conference therefore demands that the NEC reappraises its priorities
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      and expenditures so that additional funds are found and channelled into
      helping individual members progress ET claims in order that this union
      starts to live up to the expectations held by the true majority of its
                                       Mover: DWP North West Wales (047129)
                                        Seconder: MOJ Thames Valley (052007)
A66   To be taken in a general debate with A64 and A65                             O     R/O   PCS Legal Services
      Conference notes that despite many discussions at previous conferences,
      the provision of legal advice and support to reps remains inadequate.
      Conference agrees that improving the situation must be a priority this
      year. Conference instructs the NEC to improve things in one or all of the
      following ways:
       Allowing more lay reps to have direct access to solicitors.
       Increasing the number of full time officers responsible for obtaining
           legal advice.
       Recruiting more solicitors to work directly for PCS.
       Increasing the number of full time officers available to represent
           members in ET cases with or without legal advice.
       Increasing the amount of time available each week to consult a firm of
                                    Mover: DWP Manchester & Salford (047023)
A67   To be taken in a general debate with A68 Covers: E378-E379                    S    S     Trade Union Reform Campaign
      That this Conference notes the official re- launch in January 2012 at the
      House of Commons of the Trade Union Reform Campaign (TURC) which
      was attended by such luminaries as Eric Pickles and Darren Gough. The
      sole aim of the TURC is to attack trade union rights and undermine
      workers' access to justice in the workplace.
      The people involved in the TURC include:
       Aidan Burley, the campaign's chairman and disgraced Tory MP who
           was sacked for attending a Nazi themed stag party in France last year
           and who is under investigation by French police;
       Mark Clarke, the campaign’s CEO, who failed to win a seat in the
           2010 general election and has been described by senior Tories close
           to David Cameron as a ‘liability’;
       Liam Fox MP, former coalition Defence Secretary, who was forced to
           resign in disgrace over his relationship with Adam Werrity, and who
           will sit on TURC's parliamentary council;
       Dominic Raab MP, also on the TURC's parliamentary council, a Tory
           MP who in January last year hit out against feminists, branding them
           'obnoxious bigots' whose actions have led to men suffering
           discrimination 'from the cradle to the grave';
       Priti Patel MP, a significant supporter of TURC, who has produced
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           joint research for the group and has publicly supported the use of the
           death penalty in the UK.
      The TURC has close links with:
       the Young Britons' Foundation (YBF), an ultra right-wing group
           seeking to promote conservatism in schools, colleges and
           universities. The organisation has described the NHS as the biggest
           waste of money in the UK;
       the Taxpayers Alliance (TPA), who TURC have described as
           “brothers” and which is backed by prominent Tory Party donors. Their
           proposals have included scrapping the secondary school building
           programme, child benefit and Sure Start centres for the youngest
      The TURC campaigns:
       to ban employer-funded trade union representatives in the public
       to remove government funding to help improve employees' access to
           learning and education;
       to remove funding for improving employee relations.
      Conference further notes that in a letter to TURC Chairman Aidan Burley
      MP, the Prime Minister wished the campaign all the best. However,
      reports from the Department for Business shows that the work of union
      representatives actually saves employers around £1.1 billion annually by
      helping to resolve disputes and preventing illness and injury at work.
      The National Executive Committee is instructed to put resources into
      countering the smears and propaganda issued by the TURC which seeks
      to undermine public sector Trade Unionists in their struggle to defend
      members' rights.
                                        Mover: Home Office Merseyside (026124)
                                 Seconder: DCLG Northern & Midlands (301103)
A68   To be taken in a general debate with A67 Covers: E380-E381                      S    S    Oppose Attacks on Facility Time
      Conference deplores Francis Maude's announcement of cuts in facility
      time for union representatives on the eve of Conservative Party
      Conference deplores this attack on facility time which seeks to bring an
      end to all 100% time allocations and substantially reduce the overall levels
      of facility time thus affecting almost all union representatives.
      Conference also notes the further examples of political lobbying by anti-
      trade union groupings, and David Cameron's support for the recently
      created Trade Union Reform Campaign group, which seeks to establish a
      more hostile environment for public sector unions, including threats to
      deducting union subscriptions at source (check-off).
      Conference is concerned that some employers in the wider public sector
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      and in the commercial sector have also made moves to remove or reduce
      trade union recognition, negotiation and representation agreements.
      The NEC is instructed to:
      1. Explain the considerable benefits derived from the work that union
           representatives carry out.
      2. Expose the inadequacies and added operational problems which are
           bound to occur.
      3. Ensure that full consultation takes place at national level on a
           proposed framework for determining facility time allocations, and that
           our bargaining groups are fully supported, by appropriate advice and
           guidance, for pursuing more detailed talks in each department.
      4. Ensure that contingency plans are made for necessary measures and
           related campaign activity, in the event of further attacks on trade
           union facilities.
      5. Continue to campaign widely and protest against these punitive
           measures by the Government, including via Parliamentary lobbying,
           jointly with other unions and the TUC, and through town based
           committees and community links.
      6. Implement measures, in line with the National Organising Strategy, for
           PCS to successfully organise, operate, represent members and
           pursue campaigns in this more hostile environment. This should
           include increasing the number of activists and introducing direct
           communication with members, activists and representatives at all
           levels by means which are not dependent on employers' co-operation.
      7. Consider industrial and legal options in the event of attacks on
           collective bargaining rights.
                                                                       Mover: NEC
                                          Seconder: R&C South Wales (200102)
A69   Covers: E382                                                                    LDo   O    Shift Workers on Strike
      This conference notes the fact that recently when there has been                           Some sympathy with the difficulties
      industrial action involving shift workers there seems to be different set of               caused, but this motion seems too
      times regarding when those members should strike with each dispute. In                     rigid to me.
      the past, we have had strikes that run from 19h00 to 19h00, from 00h01 to
      23h59 and even whenever the majority of the shift falls. The constant
      changing has caused confusion amongst shift workers who have to check
      when they shall be taking action every strike.
      Conference recognises that some of the changes may be due to the legal
      requirements placed upon the unions due to the way the notice of action
      was served upon the Employer but considers that we, as a union, should
      be able to give the notice of action in the correct way to allow action to be
      taken at the time we intend it.
      This conference therefore instructs the NEC, if there is industrial action
      called involving shift workers, to give the required notice in such a manner
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                                                                                                        My Comments
      as to allow the shift workers to take action that shall start at 01h00 and
      shall finish at 23h59 on the allotted day(s).
      The NEC should endeavour to implement this as soon as possible
      following the close of conference and should advise members by no later
      than the end of September 2012 via a members briefing that a process
      has been put in place to ensure this happens in any future industrial
                 Mover: Home Office Midlands, South West & Wales (026109)
                                Seconder: Home Office West London (026106)

A70   Covers: E383-E384                                                               S    S    Conference Paper on Devolved
      The governance of the UK is constantly changing through the evolution of
      the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
      In Scotland, the majority SNP Government has signalled its intention to
      hold a referendum of independence in 2014. In Wales, the ‘Silk
      Commission’ is looking at whether tax and borrowing powers should be
      devolved to the Welsh Assembly.
      As a progressive union it is important we respond to these changes and
      evolve our structures and ways of working to ensure members in the
      devolved areas continue to receive high quality representation, particularly
      in respect of our dealings with devolved governments.
      In PCS we have well established elected committees for Scotland, Wales
      and a Regional Committee for Ireland which shape and guide our
      interaction with the devolved bodies.
      In addition, in 2010 the NEC established a sub-committee for the
      Devolved Areas, which meets 3 times a year comprising President, AGS,
      NEC Members, FT Officers and Chair/Secretary Scotland, Wales and
      Northern Ireland Committees.
      The work programme of the sub-committee includes:-
       4 policy forums (2 in Scotland, 2 in Wales) have been held;
       A list of ‘industrial demands’ for devolved governments has been
           drawn up;
       Motions agreed by ADC, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
           Committee AGMs on devolution and constitutional change have been
       Commissioning research on the impact of constitutional change;
       Review of our political engagement activity, including MYVC;
       Reporting on major devolved developments and sharing best practice.
      Conference acknowledges the work being undertaking in response to
      constitutional reform and agrees that future work should be underpinned
      by the following commitments:-
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                                                                                                        My Comments
      1.   Full consultation of members, branches and Nation/Regions in the
           devolved areas in key constitutional policy decisions through policy
           forums and other consultation vehicles;
      2.   Close engagement and communication between the PCS
           Nation/Region Committees and the NEC, via the NEC Devolved sub
      3.   An assessment of the impact of proposed reform upon the living
           standards and bargaining rights of PCS members and the funding and
           accountability of public services in both devolved areas and the wider
      4.   Campaigning for the bargaining demands by the NEC and
           Nation/Region Committees with the Scottish Government and Wales
           and Northern Ireland Assemblies;
      5.   Promoting the PCS alternative of not cuts but job creation through
           public investment and tax justice;
      6.   Through political lobbying, MYVC, working with STUC, WTUC, ICTU
           (N.I.) affiliates, civic and community organisations to influence the
           debates on constitutional reform in the interests of our members;
      7.   Report back to ADC 2013, policy and policy making process.
                                                                      Mover: NEC
                              Seconder: DWP Glasgow Benefits Centre (047076)
A71                                                                                 LD    S    Agency Workers' Rights
      Conference notes the success of Motion A47 to Conference 2008. Motion
      A47 -
       Applauded the victorious fight for union recognition for Adecco agency
          workers at the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) and their
          subsequent substantial pay rise and,
       Called on PCS to continue the fight to unionise agency workers and
          represent their interests, to the point where there was no longer any
          advantage – monetary or otherwise – to the employer in their
          continued usage.
      Conference further notes that many of the BCMS workers later became
      Conference regrets that, although this motion received huge support,
      there has been a lack of follow-up action. There has not even been any
      attempt to unionise Adecco nationally beyond the original success at
      BCMS Workington.
      Agency workers continue to be employed across the Civil Service – even
      where substantive civil servants have been or are being pressurised into
      accepting voluntary exit or redundancy.
      The recently introduced Agency Workers’ Regulations should have
      assisted PCS in removing any advantage to employers in ongoing use of
      agency workers but already employers are looking for loopholes in these.
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                                                                                                          My Comments
      The Swedish Derogation allows employers to subvert the AWR by using
      workers from agencies which pay a retainer (at National Minimum Wage
      rate) during slack periods but this has resulted in vulnerable workers being
      pressured to sign contracts in which qualification for the retainer is linked
      to totally unrealistic availability conditions. Several EFRA Group agencies
      and NDPBs are using staff from these agencies in order to avoid meeting
      the requirement to afford them better pay and employment rights after
      their first 12 weeks.
      To prevent PCS members from losing their jobs to be replaced by
      underpaid and insecure agency workers and to prevent workers’
      exploitation, Conference instructs the NEC to revitalise the campaign to
      unionise agency workers. This should be achieved by:
       Highlighting the numbers of jobs at risk across PCS grades in the Civil
           Service and public sector in juxtaposition with the number of
           employment agency workers employed, pointing out the cost to the
           public purse of both redundancies and the hire of agency staff. This
           should be accomplished via press and media and in conjunction with
           sister unions and the TUC as far as is possible;
       Producing agency worker recruitment literature to branches;
       Training branch officials in both legal and practical steps towards
           union recognition and;
       Providing support from Regional Offices.
                                                      Mover: DEFRA York (001048)
A72                                                                                    S    S    Closer Working with Unite
      Conference welcomes the agreement with Unite signed at ADC 2011. The
      agreement commits the two unions to work together to fight against the
      Government’s cuts in public spending by campaigning and, where
      possible, taking action in unity and support of each other.
      Conference notes that the agreement with Unite has produced excellent
      results so far. Joint working has strengthened our ability to campaign to
      defend members’ pay, pensions and conditions.
      Conference notes that, at the national level, Unite has been a strong ally
      in the current pensions campaign. Across the UK on June 30 and
      November 30 many joint events took place including Unite members,
      particularly in the MoD.
      Conference believes that the alliance between PCS and Unite has created
      a positive challenge to other public sector unions when questions of unity
      in the campaign against government cuts have arisen.
      Conference notes that a highly successful joint PCS/Unite fringe meeting
      at the Labour Party conference took place in September 2011, that Unite
      were joint sponsors of our pensions pamphlet, ‘Fair Pensions for All’, and
      that Unite is seeking to develop a new policy ‘think tank’ and has
      approached PCS to take part.
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                                                                                                        My Comments
      Conference notes that in Scotland, Wales and the English regions PCS
      and Unite have worked closely on campaigning against government cuts,
      anti-racism, pay, privatisation, and union learning.
      Conference further notes that there has been close cooperation between
      Unite and PCS reps in the commercial sector on coordinated strike ballots,
      living wage campaigns, and recognition claims. A joint private sector
      campaign committee involving areas where the two unions overlap is
      being discussed.
      Conference agrees that the further development of relations between the
      two unions should be explored. Conference believes that discussions and
      joint working with Unite should be conducted in a clear, transparent and
      democratic manner which fully takes in account the principles which have
      underpinned our success in building PCS as a democratic, campaigning
      union: democracy and membership participation, strong workplace
      organisation and a clear commitment to equality.
      Conference believes that the value of closer cooperation with Unite should
      be judged by the extent to which it can assist our members in fighting to
      defend jobs, pensions, pay and public services against the Tory/Lib Dem
      government’s cuts programme.
      Conference instructs the NEC to:
      1. continue to implement the joint agreement with Unite;
      2. discuss with Unite how to develop joint working in more areas where
           both unions have members;
      3. explore with Unite how the relationship between our two unions can
           be developed further to the benefit of PCS members and the wider
           trade union movement;
      4. report to Branches and to ADC 2013 on the operation of the joint
           agreement and on the outcome of these discussions.
                                                                    Mover: NEC
A73                                                                                  S    S    Better Links with Commercial
                                                                                               Sector Members
      Conference notes the claim by the Coalition Government that the current
      economic crisis in the UK will be solved by a private sector led recovery.
      Conference believes that not only is this economically illiterate but also
      that the Government’s real agenda is to drive forward a race to the
      bottom. This will be facilitated by mass privatisation, an attack on trade
      union organisation in the public and private sector and through legislative
      and other measures with the aim of the destruction of working class living
      standards and communities.
      PCS members working in the private sector are at the sharp end of this
      agenda. Minimum standard pension arrangements, short term and zero
      hours contracts, arbitrary sackings and redundancies at legal minimums,
      bullying, racism and harassment from their bosses and shockingly low
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                                                                                               My Comments
     levels of pay are just some of the daily challenges that our members and
     activists have to face.
     Conference commends the work of the Commercial Sector of our union
     and fully supports the industrial action that members in Balfour Beatty
     Workplace, Capita, Fujitsu, G4S, Steria, Xafinity Paymaster and
     elsewhere have taken recently. A sharp campaigning approach - based
     around addressing the immediate interests of members - has led to
     membership growth and an impressive influx of new activists over the past
     12 months. This demonstrates what can be achieved.
     However, more needs to be done. Ranged against us are some of the
     most powerful and richest companies in the world. The ratio of executive
     pay to average employee earnings has more than doubled from 47:1 in
     2000 to 102:1 in 2012 and research suggests that the chief executives of
     the top 100 FTSE companies took home an average of £5.1m each in
     basic pay, bonuses, share incentives and pension contributions last year.
     In contrast PCS members earn on average £14,000 per year.
     This is the industrial and political reality we are working in.
     Conference agrees that the development of meaningful organisational
     bridges between the public sector areas of our union and the Commercial
     Sector can play an important role in developing advice, guidance and
     support in campaigns against privatisation.
     However they can also provide a link with privatised members. The reality
     is that the Government is ideologically committed to increasing the role of
     the private sector. The number of private sector workers in our offices is
     likely to increase. We cannot take the view that they are someone else’s
     problem, we must take the view that an important part of our strategy to
     fight further privatisation and bring work back in house is to organise the
     private sector so that it becomes uneconomic to outsource further work to
     it. This requires the active involvement and engagement of every branch
     and Group.
     Conference instructs the NEC to:
     Actively promote the culture of a PCS organised workplace - regardless of
     employer. As a starting point every PCS Group and national bargaining
     areas should:
      Make a clear demand for recognition arrangements for PCS covering
          all private sector workers in their respective department, agency or
          NDPB, for the payment of the UK Living Wage and for negotiations
          around job security agreements for every PCS member.
      Build on the Liaison Groups between the Commercial Sector and the
          DWP and MoJ Groups by requiring all appropriate areas of our union
          to set up Liaison Groups during 2012.
      Set out the most effective way that industrial action and other forms of
          campaigning can be linked up and co-ordinated between public and
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                                                                                                          My Comments
          private sector workers in relevant areas.
         Publish protocols between each Group and the Commercial Sector
          that set out how workplaces, branches and Groups will assist in the
          organising and servicing of all our membership.
         As a priority develop organising plans with Unite and other unions
          who represent members in the same private sector companies as
         Develop a joint campaigning and organising strategy for the welfare to
          work sector involving the DWP Group and the Commercial Sector.
         Ensure that the Commercial Sector Groups representing members
          working in contact centres are fully consulted on the development of a
          common PCS industrial strategy for call centre members.
         Circulate the Greenwich University report on off-shoring that was
          commissioned by PCS to every Branch.
                                                                    Mover: NEC
A74                                                                                   LD    R/O   Employment Tribunals
      Conference notes that as we move into times when our members and
      representatives will face even more attacks from our employers Senior
      Branch Officers are finding that their time is spent more and more in
      preparing cases for Employment Tribunals. This pressure on Senior
      Branch Officers has only increased with the abolition of the Civil Service
      Appeal Board as the only recourse that is open to our members against
      unfair dismissal will be via the Employment Tribunals.
      It is therefore essential that Branches have access to legal advice at the
      earliest possible opportunity. This is particularly important with the
      changes to the way the Employment Tribunal Service is to operate in the
      It is not acceptable that when legal advice is requested that it is a lottery
      as to which Group or Branch you are in whether you are able to obtain
      that advice quickly or even at all. Group and Regional offices should be
      applauded for the work they do in providing guidance to representatives
      and Branches but unfortunately conference must accept that rarely do
      these full time officers hold a legal qualification and therefore any advice
      should be given/received with a health warning.
      When legal advice is requested from our solicitors there is often a delay in
      obtaining that advice. This delay causes upset and stress for the member
      as well as the representative in the case.
      Conference instructs the incoming NEC to
      1. Review the changes to Employment Tribunals and issue clear and
            concise guidance to Branches about what information is needed on
            cases to be considered for PCS support to Employment Tribunal.
      2. Review the contract with our solicitors and ensure that a Service Level
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                                                                                                         My Comments
           Agreement is put in place that includes time scales by which initial
           responses to requests for legal advice should be received.
      3. That the Service Level Agreement and time scales are published to all
           Branch Secretaries.
      4. That all current full time officers responsible for providing guidance
           (short of legal advice) to Branches be encouraged to undertake as a
           minimum the TUC Certificate for Employment Law course.
      5. That the requirement to undertake the TUC Certificate for
           Employment Law course or an equivalent be written into the job
           descriptions for any newly appointed full time officers who would be
           responsible for providing guidance (short of legal advice) to Branches.
      6. That where a Group or Regional Office refuses a request for legal
           advice then there is a process set in place for the Branch Secretary to
           appeal that decision to Head Quarters.
      All this action should be undertaken without delay and certainly no later
      than January 2013.
                                                     Mover: DWP Wirral (047019)
A75   Covers: E385-E389                                                               S    S    End TP for TUS Officers
      Conference rejects any attack on Union facilities or facility time by the                 Doesn't happen in DWP, but seems to
      current CON/DEM Government. However, Conference notes with concern                        be a problem elsewhere.
      that some PCS representatives whether holding PCS or Trade Union Side
      officerships, are in receipt of temporary promotion or analogous positions
      and being paid accordingly whilst occupying these roles, subject to the
      Official Side’s expression of satisfaction regarding their performance in
      their union roles at annual appraisal.
      Conference believes this to be unhealthy as it may encourage some
      individuals to seek union positions for the wrong reasons or may cause
      them to consider their own finances and standing with Management over
      and above their responsibilities to their members. Where this has
      happened, it has been very damaging to the reputation of PCS in the eyes
      of members.
      Conference instructs the NEC:
       To carry out a review of this problem and to ascertain the scale on
           which this is happening; where and in what numbers members are
           being paid more than their substantive rate whilst in union positions
           and the conditions specified by the Official Side for this to continue;
       To see if this has resulted in any unfortunate consequences for PCS
           members or for the reputation of PCS and;
       To make recommendations about the continuance or otherwise of this
           practice before the end of 2012, enabling motions to be put to
           Conference 2013.
                      Mover: MOD Veterans Agency National Branch (014300)
                                               Seconder: DfE Sheffield (501010)
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                                                                                                              My Comments
A76                                                                                   O     O     Facility Time
      Conference notes Francis Maude’s attack on the concept of trade union                       Dave Vincent diatribe against people
      lay officials being on 100% facility time and does see this as a                            on 100% facility time.
      smokescreen covering a wider hatred of trade unions and their ability to
      organise workers.
      Nevertheless, Conference also agrees there are PCS organisational
      problems in having lay officials on 100% facility time such as:-
       Some officials on 100% FT for years (if not decades) becoming out of
           touch with the issues and pressures members are under nowadays by
           their never doing the work of their members on site.
       The dangers of some 100% FT officials seeing contested elections for
           their posts as something to be avoided at all costs in case they lose
           and have to return to an ordinary position working alongside
       an inclination by some not to develop and encourage new PCS
           activists for fear such an activist may decide to contest their position
       The undiverse trend of activists interested in serving on a GEC or the
           NEC joining the faction/s currently dominating that GEC or NEC. Over
           99% of PCS members are not a member of any faction.
       That some 100% FT PCS activists appear to have gained promotion
           in their Department whilst being on 100% FT whilst PCS activists in
           other Departments cannot even apply for promotion if they wish to
           retain their current level of union activity due to not being able to
           demonstrate the competencies for the non union role.
      Conference therefore instructs the NEC to carry out a review of PCS
      activists on 100% FT asking how long they have occupied their post,
      whether they obtained promotion whilst on 100% FT and to draw up a list
      of responsibilities the NEC agrees does justify 100% FT whilst striving to
      ensure as few activists as possible are on more than 70% FT.
      Conference asserts it is better overall to share out finite FT amongst more
      activists rather than to continue to retain fewer PCS activists on 100% FT.
                                      Mover: MOJ Greater Manchester (052010)
A77                                                                                   O     O     Don't Discuss merger with Unite
      That this ADC instructs the incoming NEC to instruct senior union officials                 Why? If any formal proposals were
      to cease forthwith from any discussions, formal or informal, on the creation                made, would be subject to
      of a new “super-union” forged by a merger between PCS & Unite.                              membership ballot.
                                            Mover: R&C West Wales (200151)
A78   Covers: E390                                                                    LD    R/O   Ballot Overseas Workers
      This conference notes that in a number of Government Departments and
      Agencies, PCS has members working abroad. Conference believes that a
      considerable number of those members would have wished to participate
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                                                                                                         My Comments
      in recent industrial action alongside their colleagues in the UK. It was
      therefore extremely disappointing and embarrassing for PCS
      representatives in the UKBA to have to tell their members abroad that, on
      30 November 2011, they would have to work and continue to facilitate the
      effectiveness of border controls. Conference further notes that both
      Prospect and the renegade Immigration Service Union balloted their
      members working abroad on the industrial action for the “pensions”
      Conference agrees that this should never be allowed to happen again and
      instructs the incoming NEC to ensure that procedures are put in place to
      ensure members abroad are included in any future ballot(s) on industrial
      action. The NEC should endeavour to implement this as soon as possible
      following the close of conference and should advise members by no later
      than the end of September 2012 that a process has been put in place to
      ensure these members are included in any future industrial action.
                 Mover: Home Office Midlands, South West & Wales (026109)
                                Seconder: Home Office West London (026106)
A79   Covers: E391-E394                                                              S    S    Better Facilities for ULRs
      Conference recognises the excellent work done by Union Learning
      Representatives to provide members with access to learning
      opportunities. However, across the Civil Service, management’s
      inconsistent interpretation of Civil Service rules in areas such as double
      funding, trading on official premises and security causes inequality of
      access to learning opportunities available to members, depending upon
      which part of the Civil Service they work in.
      Conference calls on the NEC to negotiate with the employer to obtain the
      best possible and equal access to learning opportunities for members
      across the whole Civil Service.
      This conference also instructs the incoming NEC to fight for the best
      possible facility time arrangements across the Civil Service to enable
      learning reps to undertake their duties on behalf of members.
                                            Mover: CPS East Midlands (070010)
                              Seconder: DWP Lincolnshire & Rutland (047045)
A80                                                                                 LDo   S    Scottish Prison Service
      Conference recognises the current position of member’s legal cover being
      that any claim submitted will be subject to strict scrutiny by PCS lawyers.
      Cases taken forward should have enough evidence to merit a 51% or over
      chance of winning for the case to be granted funding.
      Conference acknowledges that members of the Scottish Prison Service
      Branch are subject to many laws and regulations arising from their
      employment within the Scottish Prison Service. Engaging in the day to day
      activities of their duties members in some instances, through no fault of
      their own, may face legal and disciplinary allegations or even,
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                                                                                                            My Comments
         Being prosecuted;
         Having a civil action taken against members;
         Being required to attend a disciplinary hearing by a regulatory
          authority or professional body.
      Conference notes, that where members are employed in those unique,
      exceptional and challenging environments, members of the Scottish
      Prison Service Branch face the prospect of confrontational situations or
      may be subject to serious allegations on a daily basis.
      Conference instructs the NEC to recognise the need for members to have
      access to legal defence cover and to seek to provide such cover which will
      be funded through subscription by the member on a voluntary basis, to
      guarantee legal representation at no cost to PCS and to not have to rely
      on the current situation of having to have over 51% chance of winning
      before representation is funded.
                       Mover: PSg Scotland Scottish Prison Service (149010)
A81   Covers: E395                                                                      S    O    Branch Breakdown of Ballot
      Conference notes the continual poor turnout by members in the NEC                           Not sure whether it's practical though.
      elections and often also, in ballots for National industrial action. The NEC
      usually exhorts Groups to identify weak areas and draw up action plans to
      address weaknesses they identify.
      Those Branches active in the days of CPSA used to have to complete a
      Branch Certificate of total votes cast for GEC candidates. This allowed
      branches to see participation rates of their members and their support for
      candidates. Nowadays branches do not know how many of their members
      vote nor how their members vote as a majority.
      Conference therefore instructs the NEC to identify a method whereby
      Branches can access their own overall (not individual members) Branch’s
      voting results in strike ballots and the election for PCS National President -
      possibly by the PCS website or other means and to enact that method.
      Branches ought to have the information already held by the ERS to know
      the participation rates of their members in union elections and strike
      ballots, the majority view of their members for/against action, and their
      preference of Presidential candidate.
      Branch officials can then use that information to improve their
      organisational methods and help decide how best to direct their local PCS
      literature and other efforts to better support PCS National campaigns.
      Conference also authorises the NEC to allow Groups ( ie GECs) also to
      be able to see collated overall results of ballots for strike action in their
      Group so they can see what further work needs to be done to deliver
      support for PCS National Campaigns using those results. If such collated
      results can be provided by Region within those Groups so much the better
      for identifying our weak areas.
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                                                                                                            My Comments
                                     Mover: MOJ Greater Manchester (052010)
                                               Seconder: BIS ACAS (041001)
A82                                                                                   LD?   O     Review Rule 10
      This Conference notes that PCS Supplementary Rule 10, the Union’s                           Not sure about Fylde's motives here
      disciplinary rule which is designed to protect the interests of the Union,
      has increasingly been used as a platform for the airing of disputes
      between individual members.
      Conference instructs the NEC to consider whether or not such cases
      represent a proper use of Rule 10 and to report back to Conference 2013
      with its findings and recommendations as appropriate.
                     Mover: DWP Fylde Central Benefits and Services (047139)
A83   Covers: E396-E397                                                               O     R/O   ARMS at Conference
      That this ADC believes that retirement does not mean that the need to
      belong to a trade union no longer exists. The Association of Retired
      Members (ARMS) branch of PCS is a vibrant organisation that gives
      support to its members, strives to improve state pensions, the HS and
      Welfare Benefits and also offers assistance in campaigning that affect all
      members of PCS.
      To enable ARMS to play its full part in the structure and organisation of
      our trade union, ARMS believes that it should have representation at the
      PCS Annual; Delegate Conference, but without voting and speaking rights
      on issues affecting members’ pay and conditions of employment.
      The NEC is instructed to put into place the necessary structure and bring
      forward amendments to rules and standing orders to enable this to be
      implemented by ADC 2013.
                                     Mover: R&C Greater Manchester (200135)
                      Seconder: R&C VOA Central London Valuation (200148)
A84    (falls if A83 carried)                                                         O     R/O   ARMS at Conference
      That this Annual Delegate Conference believes that retirement does not                      Longer implementation scale than
      mean that the need to belong to a Trades Union no longer exists. The                        A83
      Association of Retired Members (ARMs) branch of PCS is a vibrant
      organisation that gives support to its members, strives to improve state
      pensions, the NHS and Welfare Benefits and also offers assistance in
      campaigns that affect all members of PCS.
      To enable ARMs to play its full part in the structure and organisation of our
      Trade Union, ARMs believes that it should have representation at the PCS
      Annual Delegate Conference but without voting and speaking rights on
      issues affecting members' pay and conditions of employment.
      The National Executive Committee is instructed to put into place the
      necessary structure and bring forward amendments to rules and standing
      orders to enable this to be implemented by ADC 2014.
                                        Mover: R&C Salford Revenue (200133)
A85                                                                                    S    S     Electronic submission of
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      This conference congratulates PCS officials and HQ staff for the excellent
      system that allows us to submit motions online to National and Group
      conferences. This user friendly system saves a huge amount of time for
      hard pressed local representatives.
      Conference instructs the NEC to amend its balloting rules and procedures
      to ensure that the facility is extended to allow electronic submission of
      nominations for NEC posts, and all related positions, eg SOC, TUC, in
      time for next years AGM season.
                                        Mover: BIS Companies House (041044)
A86                                                                                  LD    S    More Telekits
      Conference welcomes PCS’s adoption of technological solutions to deliver
      meetings and training, such as the use of telephone or video conferencing
      Conference notes that the use of web conferencing technologies (AKA
      “webinars”) would allow training to be provided to a greater number of
      representatives at a significantly lower cost – there being no T&S and less
      facility time costs. This would also allow a more diverse range of reps to
      participate in such events. However, it is recognised that in some cases
      face to face interactions are required.
      Conference therefore instructs the NEC to investigate the use of web
      conferencing to deliver training or hold meetings where appropriate.
                            Mover: Land Registry Computer Services (030003)
A87                                                                                  LD    O    Representation
      This conference notes that lay reps have discretion over who they
      represent which should continue as they give up their own time to be an
      Activist and work extremely hard to represent our members.
      Nevertheless, situations do arise where a member may not be able to get
      representation from a lay rep within their own office. This could be due to
      any number of personal reasons.
      Conference also acknowledges the hard work done by our Regional
      Offices and full time PCS workers. However, at times the Regional Office
      has not represented members when we have needed them.
      Conference instructs the NEC to direct PCS full time reps to fulfil our
      obligations to members by providing timely, adequate representation to
      our members in these contentious cases.
                                                Mover: R&C Liverpool (200060)
A88                                                                                  LD    S    Pre-Retirement Talks to recruit
                                                                                                members to ARMS
      This ADC notes that PCS gets invited to attend induction sessions for new
      entrants into the department; but do not get invited to pre-retirement talks
      for those leaving the department.
      This means many potential members of ARMS (Associate and Retired
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      Members) leave the department without being informed about the local
      ARMS network. When we talk about recruitment to the union we always
      say that the best recruitment tool is a member, this is the same for ARMs.
      Having and ARMs member, or a rep conversant with ARMs, attend pr-
      retirement meetings is likely to have a positive impact on the uptake of
      ARMs membership.
      This ADC instructs the NEC to enter into negotiations with the official side
      to ensure that PCS is invited along to any pre-retirement talk that take
      place to promote ARMS to potential members.
                                            Mover: R&C East Midlands (200033)
A89   Covers: E398                                                                   LD    S    Organise Unemployed Workers in
      Conference notes the initiative currently being run by Unison to allow the
      unemployed and students to join Unison at a very discounted rate in order
      to have them organised. Conference instructs the NEC to:-
      1. liaise with Unison to evaluate how this scheme is working, the cost to
          Unison of providing those services and the benefits able to be offered
          to those groups.
      2. to consider, in the light of that information, whether PCS should also
          use or adapt this scheme and what groups we may be able to help
          get organised. For PCS this may be students and/or the unemployed
          interested in a career in the civil service (or commercial sector areas
          covered by PCS), current members losing their jobs as a result of the
      3. To consider what voice any such groups organised by PCS can have
          within PCS and to decide an appropriate structure within which they
          can be organised.
      4. Consider what services and benefits we can provide to such groups
          given our more limited resources compared to Unison.
      Conference instructs the NEC to produce a report back to Branches of the
      viability of this scheme to branches in time for their AGMs ready for PCS
      National Conference 2013.
                                     Mover: MOJ Greater Manchester (052010)
                                        Seconder: DWP HQ Sheffield (047012)
      5. Health and Safety
A90                                                                                   S    S    H&S Legislation
      An effective Health and Safety regime is a corner stone of civilized
      society. This Government's continued attack on H&S legislation and on
      the Health and Safety Executive is simply pandering to vexatious
      commentators and certain elements of a hostile media.
      The UK Government's approach appears to be one of review after review
      until they get the answer they want, i.e. one that supports the closure of
      the HSE and the unpicking of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
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      Feedback from the Red Tape Challenge public consultation exercise
      showed that 90% of responses supported the reasonable and
      proportionate H&S system we have in the UK, and that businesses
      wanted more support and guidance. Yet Government's answer was to
      close the HSE Info Line and to remove all HSE office contact numbers
      from their website.
      It is a myth that the falling rate of workplace fatalities means the job is
      done and that working for safe and healthy workplaces are no longer a
      priority. Last year around 20,000 people died due to an occupational
      related cancer. 4000 of those deaths were related to breast cancer caused
      by shift working. Just because those deaths didn't happen in the
      workplace politicians seem to think they can ignore them.
      Conference therefore instructs the NEC to:
       work with other unions and the TUC in building a robust defence of
           the health and safety of UK workers;
       continue to campaign for adequate resources for the HSE;
       improve the organisation of PCS H&S Reps;
       monitor and challenge as appropriate the impact HSE's new Fee for
           Intervention charging regime; and,
       procure further research/evidence into the potential increase of
           workplace illness and accidents as a result of diluting existing H&S
                         Mover: PSg Health & Safety Executive – NW (143009)
A91                                                                                     LD    O    Occupational Health & Safety
                                                                                                   Certificate Course
      Conference is disappointed to note that O&E Department continue to
      place restrictions upon the number of Health & Safety Reps who can
      receive the reimbursement of costs for attending the TUC Certificate for
      Occupational Health & Safety Certificate Course in a blatant disregard for
      union policy as determined by this sovereign body in 2004. Attempts to
      correct this practice were made in 2006; 2010 and again in 2011 but
      unfortunately the motions were guillotined each year.
      This ADC agrees that it is not the role of our union to limit the training that
      is offered to reps and censures the NEC for continuing with this practice
      against the will of this sovereign body. The incoming NEC is therefore
      instructed to fully implement the terms and more importantly the spirit of
      the motion passed at ADC 2004.
                                                    Mover: DWP Wirral (047019)
A92                                                                                      S    S    Mental Health Policy
      This meeting agrees that Civil Service health and welfare policies
      overwhelmingly concern themselves with the physical rather than the
      mental. Furthermore due to the very nature of mental illness, such as the
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      fact that people may be having irrational thoughts, extreme mood swings,
      etc, it is necessary to have an explicit mental health policy to address the
      unusual nature of mental illness.
      This meeting also notes that 1 in 4 people will, at some point, in their life
      suffer from a mental illness and the lack of a specific policy concerning
      itself with mental health demonstrates the neglect in this area by the
      Cabinet Office towards its staff.
      This meeting recognises that the Cabinet Office guidance “Small Change
      Big Difference” was a step forward for civil servants with mental illness but
      it appears not to have been designed in consultation with the Trade Union
      Side or the sufferers of mental illness in the Civil Service. It has therefore
      failed to address many of the concerns members with mental illness have
      and face.
      This meeting therefore instructs the National Executive Committee to:
       Seek negotiations with the Cabinet Office to establish a satisfactory
           mental health policy, including
       The right of sufferers with mental illness to be examined by a qualified
           psychiatrist where an occupational health assessment is sought.
       On diagnosis with a mental illness a right to a voluntary occupational
           health assessment to identify any risks work may place them under
           and agreed reasonable adjustments which will benefit the worker.
       The results of an OHA shall be subject to the right of appeal to an
           independent OH Advisor.
       All risk assessments shall explicitly consider the risks to mental health
           by any work activity and that it shall put in place safe systems of work
           to mitigate the risk.
       Mental health shall be a distinct part of any disability policy.
       Phased returns to work shall include the possibility of phased returns
           over 5 days per week through reduced hours per day or reduced full
           days per week.
       Managers shall receive mandatory training on disability rights and
           mental health.
      Furthermore any such benefits that could be applicable to other disabled
      staff shall be included in the overarching disability policies.
      In addition the NEC shall examine ways both to improve the activity of
      members with mental illness and to support PCS representatives who
      assist members with mental illness.
                                     Mover: Home Office West London (026106)
A93   Covers: E406                                                                      S    S    Space Standards
      Conference notes with concern the government’s unrelenting attacks on
      Civil Service jobs and working conditions as part of its “austerity”
      measures and that an integral part of this strategy involves slashing the
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      size of the Civil Service estate through building closures and by squeezing
      those staff that remain into as little office space as possible in order to
      save money.
      Conference notes that the industry standard for measuring office space is
      set out in Regulation 10 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare)
      Regulations 1992 which states that the volume of the empty room,
      reduced by the volume taken up for furniture, storage, access / egress
      routes etc, should then be divided by the number of people normally
      working in the room, and that the result should be a minimum of 11 “cubic”
      metres per person.
      Conference notes however that a different Cabinet Office standard is
      being applied to measure office space within Civil Service buildings, and
      that this was recently reduced from 10 “square” metres to 8 “square”
      metres per person.
      Unlike the industry standard as described in Regulation 10, there is no
      clear formula to clarify how safety reps should interpret the Cabinet Office
      space standard - this lack of clarity can be used to squeeze the maximum
      number of bodies into as small a space as possible under the banner of
      saving money.
      As the office closure and staff moves programme is already well underway
      Conference instructs the NEC to
       Carry out an immediate study into why office space standards within
          the Civil Service are measured in accordance with Cabinet Office
          standards as opposed to the recommended industry standards.
       Take any necessary legal advice on how space standards should be
          measured and negotiate for this to be included in Civil Service Health
          and Safety guidance.
       Establish why the Cabinet Office standards have been reduced from
          10 square metres to 8 square metres per person when the industry
          standard remains unaltered.
       Produce a report to members that includes clear guidance for safety
          reps on how office space should be measured within Civil Service
                                      Mover: R&C North West England (200071)
                               Seconder: R&C Bootle St Johns House (200007)
A94                                                                                   S    S    Smarter Working
      This Conference believes that the concept of Smarter Working is seriously                 Branch Motion
      flawed. Departments have seized upon so-called Smarter Working as a
      way of saving money at a time when budgets are being attacked by the
      Government, and are seeking to sell it to staff as an alternative to even
      more drastic staffing cuts. This Conference calls upon the National
      Executive Committee to launch an investigation into the real costs of this
      pernicious practice, in conjunction with other Unions, the TUC or other
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      interested parties if necessary. The investigation should look at the hidden
      costs associated with the practice, especially the cost of the de-
      humanisation of the workplace.
      Issues that should be addressed include:
       Loss of personal space
       Time wasted finding a desk and setting it up at the start of each day
       Time wasted at the end of the day returning things to a locker
       Loss of coherent teams – the cost to working efficiency and social
       Discrimination against those unable to get in early enough to get the
           “best” desks
       Diminished opportunities for support and leadership
       Increased noise levels affecting, in particular, considerative work
       Hygiene/health         issues   arising    from    multiple    users     of
           keyboards/phones etc
       Adequacy of IT to support multiple users
      Conference instructs the NEC to report back on this investigation by the
      end of the year and issue campaigning material as appropriate.
                                                Mover: DWP HQ Leeds (047011)
      6. International
A95                                                                                    S    S    Ethical Olympics
      Conference notes that millions of people are employed by the global
      supply chains that produce kits for Olympic teams, along with the
      sportswear and souvenirs available on our high street. These products
      arrive on our high streets as a result of the work of mainly women workers
      and Conference notes that it is not just athletes that help make the
      Olympics possible.
      Conference further notes that War on Want’s Playfair Campaign 2012 aim
      is to persuade the organisers of the London Olympics that they should
      ensure that workers producing sportswear and goods with the Olympic
      logo have their rights respected.
      Evidence shows that the sportswear industry and Olympic movement
      have a poor track record on workers’ rights. Playfair 2008 research found
      workers employed by Adidas suppliers in China earning £20.00 per month
      for gluing sports shoes that sell for £50 plus, and others working 80 hours
      a week stitching footballs.
      In other factories producing stationery, children as young as 12 years old
      were being forced to work 15 hours a day.
      Conference believes that there can be no excuse for the exploitation of
      vulnerable workers and adopt a conveniently “blind eye” or implicit
      endorsement of the Olympic movement.
      Conference notes that the Olympics is a multi-million pound industry and a
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      world class event. Conference believes that this should mean that ALL
      workers involved in making the Games possible, whether in the UK or
      China, Cambodia or another part of the world are treated with dignity and
      have their rights respected; workers should have access and rights to join
      trade unions instead of violation of rights and fear of joining a Trade
      Union. Conference also believes that children should have the right to
      education and freedom of childhood labour.
      Conference notes that Adidas has a £1000 million sponsorship fee for the
      London games and this would pay over 4,000,000 Chinese sportswear
      workers wages for a year.
      Conference believes that organisations such as Want on Want are calling
      for the UK Government to establish a specialist Commission on “Business,
      Human Rights and the Environment” in order to hold British companies to
      account for exploitation in their supply chain. Such a Commission would
      have powers to investigate complaints from workers whose rights have
      been violated in supply chains serving British retailers.
      Conference understands that “Playfair”, “War on Want” and “Labour,
      Behind the Label” demand an ethical Olympics providing effective health
      and safety legislation and decent working practices, they are against
      exploitation and denial of basic workers rights that are rife in the
      sportswear, garment and merchandise industry. Companies need to be
      transparent about the supply chains that produce these desirable goods.
      The hope is that consumers will think more about the issues faced by the
      people who produce Olympic sportswear and goods.
      This Conference therefore recognises the need to press for an end to the
      exploitation of workers in supply chains overseas and the need for PCS to
      support this endeavour.
      We call on the NEC to campaign with other Organisations to bring an end
      to the profiteering by the greedy from the sweatshop labour of the poor
      and the vulnerable across the globe and to campaign with other Unions
      and global groups to establish a specialised Commission in order to hold
      British companies to account for exploitation in their supply chains.
                   Mover: DWP Fylde Central Benefits and Services (047139)
A96                                                                                 S    S    Child Labour
      In 2012 the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will have its 93rd
      Anniversary against a backdrop of financial crisis and critical levels of
      unemployment around the world. The ILO is the United Nations agency
      devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent
      and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human
      dignity. From the eight hour day to the quest for decent work, the ILO has
      worked for 90+ years to promote social justice for everyone engaged in
      the world of work.
      Today, throughout the world, around 215 million children work, many full-
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      time. They do not go to school and have little or no time to play. Many do
      not receive proper nutrition or care. They are denied the chance to be
      children. More than half of them are exposed to the worst forms of child
      labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of
      forced labour, illicit activities including drug trafficking and prostitution, as
      well as involvement in armed conflict.
      The ILO InFocus Programme on Child Labour (IPEC) works to achieve the
      effective abolition of child labour. This Annual Delegate Conference
      instructs the NEC to actively campaign and raise awareness throughout
      PCS members and the wider trade union movement with organisations
      such as SCREAM (Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, the
      Arts and the Media, 12 to 12 Partnership Initiative and Youth in Action
      Against Child Labour and to send messages of support to such
      organisations and charities in this field. This campaign is to commence
      following the end of Annual Delegate Conference 2012.
                               Mover: R&C Stockton Revenue Network (200108)
A97   Covers: E410-E428                                                                    S    S    Solidarity with European Workers
                                                                                                     Fighting Austerity Measures
      Conference notes the strike waves across Europe in response to various
      governments trying to force through a further round of austerity packages.
      These are a reaction to further crisis in the Eurozone which now threaten
      its very future as individual states act in their own interests to defend their
      own positions.
      The most pronounced crisis has been illustrated in Greece where massive
      strikes, demonstrations and other protests have continued unabated in
      reaction to making Greek workers pay for their debt crisis. Bailout plans
      for Greece include more public sector job losses – on top of the plan to
      sack around 150,000 civil servants (20% of the total) by 2014 – and
      draconian wage cuts.
      However, growth in all the major eurozone economies slowed to near zero
      and the British economy also slipped into stagnation.
      Under the impact of the economic crisis there has been a sharpening of
      national tensions within the eurozone. However, there are common
      features in all of the various countries, including Britain. In all cases this is
      as a result of austerity measures that have led to:
       Fall in government spending.
       Massive cuts in public sector jobs, coupled with pay freezes and cuts.
       Declining consumer spending with weak investment.
       Rising unemployment in both private and public sectors.
       Increased privatisation and “marketisation” of public services.
       Decline in tax revenue coupled with mass tax avoidance.
      These are the result of twenty years of neo-liberal policies carried out by
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      both right-wing conservative and centre ground social democratic
      governments, including former workers Parties.
      Conference agrees that to protect the interests of the working class it
      would be necessary to:
       Nationalise the banks and cancel the debt held by global big business
           and financial institutions, while protecting the savings of working
       Take into public ownership the main pillars of the economy to ensure
           the supply of essential goods and services.
       Invest in and rebuild public services such as health, education,
           transport etc.
       Provide democratic accountability involving trade unions, community
           organisations and service users.
      Inherent in the failure of these governments across Europe to provide
      sustained decent standards of living for working people, together with
      further austerity measures and nationalistic tensions, is the ability for an
      increase in support for racist and fascist ideas and parties. A united
      fightback by the Trade Union movement is vital to challenging this and to
      providing and building a political alternative to capitalism and neo-
      liberalism. The PCS alternative provides a framework for developing this
      given the common features of the crisis throughout Europe.
      Conference welcomes all struggles and actions by workers across the
      globe who are fighting to defend their jobs and living standards. Pictures
      of European strikes, protests and demonstrations by workers and youth
      acting together can inspire similar events in Britain.
      Conference instructs the NEC to:
       Organise, where possible, all practical support measures to European
           workers fighting against austerity measures;
       Seek to develop links with other European Civil Service trade unions
           and sympathetic MEPs in the Socialist Group of the European
       Campaign within PCS to explore the possibility of further action being
           co-ordinated with European Unions to build for a 24 hour European
           wide public sector strike.
                                           Mover: IPS London & South (026119)
                                 Seconder: SG West Central Scotland (038023)
A98                                                                                   S    S    Fight Austerity Across Europe
      Conference is deeply concerned that the European Commission and the
      European Union response to the economic crisis is to adopt approaches
      which are causing serious unease among trade unions across Europe.
      Many of the initiatives being agreed or proposed would have the effect of
      making workers pay the costs of an economic crisis which they did nothing
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      to cause.
      Conference deplores the fact that all over Europe government target
      public sector workers, pensioners, unemployed and the public services as
      a scapegoat for a crisis caused by the financial markets.
      Conference welcomes the Public Services International (PSI) and its
      European wing the European Federation of Public Service Unions'
      (EPSU) "No to Austerity" campaign. Conference believes this builds on
      the good example of co-ordinated European action demonstrated
      alongside the PCS and other UK public services unions' action on
      November 30 2011. Unions across Europe are supporting EPSU's Call for
      Joint Action; for a change in European Economic Policy; No to Austerity;
      and for Jobs, Public Services and Social Rights.
      Conference welcomes the shows of solidarity in the UK and across
      Europe, and welcomes EPSU's new Co-ordinating Group which aims to
      better co-ordinate future action across Europe in furtherance of countries
      anti-austerity campaigns.
      Conference believes that as part of the union's European Parliamentary
      Strategy, we should cultivate contacts across the EU to further the union's
      campaigns, make people more aware of what is being discussed and
      implemented, promote that there is an alternative, and encourage
      representatives and members to become active in our European political
      Conference instructs the NEC to:
      1. Play a key role with PSI/EPSU and the Co-ordinating Group on
           support and co-ordinated activities, and to take forward and campaign
           on the issues that have an impact on our members.
      2. Develop and share with members and activists a better understanding
           on austerity issues and what's happening in Europe and the UK.
      3. Build and develop bilateral links with key unions in those countries
           worst affected by austerity measures and the economic crisis.
      4. Through the union's European Parliamentary Strategy, build contacts
           with appropriate MEPs to campaign on and take forward issues
           affecting our members.
                                                                         Mover: NEC
A99   Covers: E430-E433                                                                 S    S    Oppose War on Iran
      Conference notes that on 2 February Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak
      threatened an Israeli missile attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
      We do not want Iran to acquire nuclear weapons - just as we oppose the
      UK, the US, Israel and all other nuclear-armed powers possessing them.
      In fact a nuclear-armed Iran would be even more alarming, due to the
      character of the regime and its stated goal of making Israel "disappear".
      Nonetheless, we oppose Israel (or the US etc) attacking Iran. Such an
      attack will almost certainly lead to a regional war, the most likely result of
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       which is hundreds, if not thousands of civilian casualties in Iran, in Israel
       and across the region.
       We are also opposed to sanctions on Iran. Sanctions will hurt the Iranian
       working class and make war more likely.
       We stand with Iranian workers, women, oppressed national minorities and
       students in their fight for democratic and social rights against the Iranian
       regime, and above all with Iran's beleaguered independent trade unions.
       We stand with the left, Palestinian rights activists and the anti-war
       movement in Israel.
       Conference instructs the union to campaign against war on Iran on the
       basis set out above.
                                             Mover: DWP East London (047030)
                                                  Seconder: DCLG HQ (301005)
A100                                                                                       S    S    Oppose Illegal Settlements
       Conference is aware that settlements built on illegally occupied
       Palestinian land are illegal under international law (specifically article 49 of
       the Fourth Geneva Convention), which forbids an occupying power from
       transferring its population onto occupied land. Illegal Israeli settlements
       have been repeatedly condemned by much of the international community
       including the UK government and the United Nations Security Council
       (UNSC). They cause harm and poverty to Palestinians and are an
       obstacle to peace.
       Conference is asked to further note that despite the settlements’ illegality,
       they continue to engage in international trade. Fruit and vegetables,
       processed food, wine, toiletries and other household goods produced in or
       using raw materials from settlements are frequently sold throughout
       Europe. Estimates of the extent of Europe’s trade with settlements vary
       considerably from around $200 million to approximately $2 billion.
       Conference is instructs the NEC to support the recommendation in the EU
       Heads of Mission Report on East Jerusalem for legislation by the
       European Union to prevent investment, trade and financial support for and
       with illegal settlements built on occupied Palestine. Conference further
       instructs the NEC to campaign for legislation to be brought forward
                                                Mover: MOJ HQ London (052053)
A101                                                                                      LD    ?    Palestinian TU Coalition
       Conference notes that in commemoration of the first of May – a day of
       workers struggle and international solidarity – the first Palestinian trade
       union conference for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel
       (BDS) was held in Ramallah on 30 April 2011, organised by almost the
       entirety of the Palestinian trade union movement, including federations,
       professional unions, and trade union blocks representing the entire
       spectrum of Palestinian political parties. The conference marked a historic
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       event: the formation of the Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS
       (PTUC-BDS) as the largest coalition of the Palestinian trade union
       movement. PTUC-BDS will provide the most representative Palestinian
       reference for international trade unions, promoting their support for and
       endorsement of the BDS Call, launched by Palestinian civil society in
       2005, guided by the guidelines and principles adopted by the Boycott,
       Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), of which PTUC-
       BDS has become a key component.
       Conference is instructs the NEC to recognise and support the Palestinian
       Trade Union Coalition for BDS (PTUC-BDS) and its statement of
       principles and further instructs the NEC to campaign for:
       1. Active solidarity with the Palestinian people by implementing creative
            and context-sensitive BDS campaigns as the most effective way to
            end Israeli impunity. For example by:
                a. boycotting Israeli and international companies (such as Elbit,
                     Agrexco, Veolia, Alstom, Caterpillar, Northrop Grumman,
                     etc.) and institutions that are complicit with Israel’s
                     occupation and violations of international law,
                b. reviewing pension fund investments with the purpose of
                     divesting from Israel Bonds and all Israeli and international
                     companies and institutions complicit in Israel’s occupation,
                     colonization and apartheid,
                c. pressuring Governments to suspend Free Trade
                     Agreements, end arms trade and military relations with Israel
                     with the intention of eventually cutting all diplomatic ties with
       2. Port workers around the world to boycott loading/offloading Israeli
            ships, similar to the heroic step taken by port workers around the
            world in suspending maritime trade with South Africa in protest
            against the apartheid regime, and;
       3. All on trade unions around the world to review and sever all ties with
            the Histadrut.
                                                Mover: MOJ HQ London (052053)
A102                                                                                     LD    S    Russell Tribunal on Palestine
       Conference notes the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) is an
       International People’s Tribunal created by a large group of citizens
       involved in the promotion of peace and justice in the Middle East. These
       past years, following, inter alia: the international community’s failure to
       implement the International Court of Justice’s 2004 Advisory Opinion on
       the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory ; the lack of
       implementation of the resolution ES-10/15 confirming the ICJ Opinion,
       adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 July 2004 ; and
       the Israeli offensive on Gaza in December 2008 – January 2009,
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       committees have been created in different countries to promote and
       sustain a citizen’s initiative in support of the rights of the Palestinian
       people, with public international law as a legal frame of reference.
       Conference further notes that the RToP is imbued with the same spirit and
       espouses the same rigorous rules as those inherited from the Tribunal on
       Vietnam created by the eminent scholar and philosopher Bertrand Russell
       (1966-1967) and the Russell Tribunal II on Latin America (1974-1976)
       organised by the Lelio Basso International Foundation for the Rights and
       Liberation of Peoples.
       Conference instructs the NEC to endorse and support the findings to date
       of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.
                                                Mover: MOJ HQ London (052053)
A103                                                                                       S    S    Release Political Prisoners held by
       Conference notes that Israel continues to act in violation of International
       law by continuing to impose a system of administrative detention whereby
       Palestinians are held for prolonged periods without charge or trial. At least
       264 Palestinians were subject to administrative detention orders in 2010.
       Some had been held for more than two years. In addition Conference
       notes around 680 Palestinian prisoners continued to be denied family
       visits, some for a third year, because Palestinians in Gaza remained
       barred from travelling into Israel, where the prisoners are held, since the
       imposition of the Gaza blockade.
       Conference further notes Palestinians in the illegally occupied Palestinian
       Territories are subject to Israel’s military justice system and continue to
       face a wide range of abuses of their right to a fair trial. They are routinely
       interrogated without a lawyer and, although they are civilians, are tried
       before military not ordinary courts. Consistent allegations of torture and
       other ill-treatment, including of children, were frequently reported. Among
       the most commonly cited methods were beatings, threats to the detainee
       or their family, sleep deprivation, and being subjected to painful stress
       positions for long periods. Confessions allegedly obtained under duress
       were accepted as evidence in Israeli military and civilian courts.
       Conference also notes there was an increase in the number of arrests,
       trials and imprisonment of people engaged in non-violent protests against
       the apartheid wall. Frequently, the authorities resorted to Military Order
       101, which forbids a gathering of 10 or more people “for a political purpose
       or for a matter that could be interpreted as political” unless a permit is first
       obtained from an Israeli military commander.
       Conference instructs the NEC to condemn the arrest of, and campaign for
       the release of, political prisoners held by Israel and further instructs the
       NEC to campaign for the imposition of international law by foreign
       Governments on Israel.
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                                               Mover: MOJ HQ London (052053)
       7. Affiliations
A104   Covers: E434-E447                                                               LD    S    Egyptian Federation of
                                                                                                  Independent Trade Unions/
                                                                                                  Solidarity with MENA Workers
       This conference notes the continuing wave of strikes and workers’
       protests across the Middle East in support of demands for social justice
       and democracy. We recognize and support their demands for a living
       wage, for permanent jobs, for an end to cuts and privatisation, for real
       democracy and against political corruption, and for the right to organise in
       the streets and workplaces because these are our demands too.
       This conference further notes and celebrates the huge strides taken by the
       Egyptian working class in establishing at least 100 independent unions,
       and setting up the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions. This
       conference welcomes the establishment of the Solidarity with MENA
       Workers Network in March 2010 and recognizes the need to build the
       widest possible campaign of solidarity with workers in the Middle East in
       the trade union movement in Britain. It resolves to publicise the activities
       of the Network to our members and to invite speakers from the Network to
       address meetings.
       This conference agrees with the objectives of the network, as set out in
       the founding statement below:
       “We celebrate the heroic struggles of workers in Middle East & North
       Africa who have played a vital role in bringing down tyrants across the
       region. We support their continuing battles for genuine democracy and
       social justice. We agree to help their campaigns for the right to strike and
       other basic social and democratic rights, for unions free from state control,
       and for well-paid and secure jobs. We support the creation of a broadly-
       based Solidarity with Middle Eastern and North African Workers Network.”
       Conference therefore agrees:
       a) To send messages of solidarity and greetings to the Egyptian
            Federation of Independent Trade Unions. (Messages can be sent to
   but please copy to
       b) To Affiliate to Solidarity with MENA Workers Network at the national
            rate of £200 p.a. and to publicise its activities and publications.
                                                Mover: MOJ West Mercia (052009)
                                        Seconder: MOD Scotland West (014181)
A105    (Composite)                                                                     S    S    Fawcett Society
       This Conference notes figures show that more women live in poverty
       today than ever before in modern history and research shows women are
       more likely to be living in poverty because they generally earn less, own
       less, and have less access to joint income. As women tend to be the
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     primary carers for children, this massively impacts on child poverty too.
     The current Government’s relentless cuts programme, simultaneously
     hiking tax on fuel and those costs that affect retail food and clothing
     prices, are not only pushing more women and children into poverty, but
     setting the stage for a crisis that will play out over and over for
     The Fawcett Society backed by a coalition of charities, unions and
     academics, has released a paper, ‘A life raft for women’s equality ’ with
     key policy recommendations for government that could reverse the
     present trend to ‘turn back time’ on women’s equality.
     Their key demands include;
      Help to support families by protecting ‘Sure Start child centres’ by ring
          fencing funds, and ensuring child benefit is not eroded.
      Help to support women & girls who are victims of violence.
      Help to make work pay for low income mothers.
      Help to protect women from poverty in retirement.
     They call on government to develop and implement a strategy for
     women’s employment, review policy on; work, welfare, pensions, health,
     childcare and justice, and to consider how these cumulatively impact on
     women’s daily lives.
     Conference calls on the NEC to endorse ‘A life raft for womens equality’
     as other unions have, and to strongly support the Fawcett Society in
     achieving its aims of getting this view heard and accepted by government
     at all levels.
     We also call on the NEC to take the lead within the supporting trade
     unions, in raising the profile of the contents of this work, through the PCS
     network by;
      Incorporating awareness of ‘A life raft for women’ in this year’s media
          communications at every opportunity.
      Putting in place training for women reps to a) Help advise members
          on how to avoid some of the situations that may push them into
          poverty such as debt, homelessness, and domestic violence and b)
          how to campaign on these issues.
      Encouraging support in PCS for Group Women’s and Branch
          Women’s Committees, enabling them to discuss and utilise
          documents such as this one, in project work and as a campaigning
          tool, helping women to help themselves.
     Over 60% of our members are female. If the current trends prevails,
     women could be driven out of the workforce for many years to come, and
     the trade unions much poorer in every way for their loss. PCS can make a
     real difference to helping the spirit of the Fawcett society’s paper to
     succeed but we must act now to help women help themselves before it’s
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       too late.
       Conference also notes the Fawcett Society’s desire to find out more about
       the experiences of unionised women workers across the UK, and their
       wish to campaign more effectively for women’s rights.
       Fawcett is the UK’s leading campaign for equality between women and
       men; tracing its roots back to 1886, when Millicent Garrett Fawcett began
       her lifetime’s work leading the peaceful campaign for women’s votes.
       Their vision is of a society in which women and men enjoy equality at
       work, at home and in public life.
       Conference requests the NEC to affiliate with the Fawcett Society, at a
       cost of £950, in order to help them achieve these aims. Conference also
       asks the NEC to encourage regional affiliation, at a cost of £100 and
       branch affiliation, at a cost of £30, across PCS.
                                                 Mover: R&C West Wales (200151)
                                               Seconder: MOD Yorkshire (014172)
A106                                                                                 LD    S    International Lesbian and Gay
       This Conference notes the essential work undertaking by the International
       Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) in supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
       and Transpeople (LGBT) around the world.
       ILGA aims are to promote the Universal respect and observance of human
       rights and fundamental freedoms and to work for the equality of the LGBT
       people worldwide.
       Conference agrees to affiliate to ILGA at a cost of 125 euros.
                                         Mover: Skills Funding Agency (041100)
A107                                                                                 LD    S    Campaign for the Rights and
                                                                                                Actions of Irish Communities
       Conference notes that CRAIC (Campaign for the Rights and Actions of
       Irish Communities) Fighting the Cuts was established in June 2011. Its
       aim is to campaign against the negative impact of cuts on Irish people and
       their families in their capacity as workers, service users, residents and
       communities, especially during a time of mass emigration caused by the
       austerity crisis in Ireland.
       Campaign for the Rights and Actions of Irish Communities (CRAIC)
       Fighting the Cuts is a new coalition opposed to the government's plans
       that affect the entire Irish Diaspora in Britain. It consists of public and
       voluntary sector workers, trade unionists, community organisations,
       service users and concerned individuals with an aim to create a critical
       mass of opposition to the current Government’ policies. Such policies
       include cuts in public services as well as community third sector
       organisations, deregulation of industry, lack of trade union rights and
       unnecessary evictions, especially Travellers that will further discriminate
       against Irish societies in Britain. These policies will act as a catalyst
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       leading to cuts in social, cultural and welfare support along with
       opportunities, and alienate the communities from the rest of society.
       The main objectives of the campaign are:
        To campaign in defence of jobs and services.
        To highlight the disproportionate and adverse impact that the cuts will
            have on Irish communities in Britain.
        To provide a campaigning platform in order to fight against cuts in
            jobs and services, including any adverse disproportionate impact on
            Irish communities, thereby preserving their services for future
        To Work in partnership and build alliances with others facing and
            fighting similar attacks.
        To fully engage with various Irish community groups and the Irish
            community throughout Britain.
        Oppose poverty and austerity in Ireland.
       Conference believes that the work of CRAIC Fighting the Cuts must be
       supported. Therefore, we ask that PCS affiliate to this organisation on a
       national basis at a cost of £100 per annum and encourage branches to
       make affiliations/donations as well.
                                     Mover: MOJ Public Guardian Office (052046)
       8. Rules
A108                                                                                LD    S    Subs Formula
       Conference agrees to amend Rule 3.14a to read:
       “a) The subscription for ordinary members shall be a common percentage
       equal to 0.6 percent of gross, basic pay, subject to a maximum rate. This
       maximum rate shall be increased on 1 January each year by an amount
       set at the discretion of the NEC taking account of pay rates, settlements,
       and pay differentials of PCS members. The NEC may suspend any such
       increase at its discretion.”
       The NEC have considered the issue and come to the view a rule
       amendment on the lines tabled takes account of the following:
       1. NEC retains power to determine subs max increases with effect from
            1 January each year;
       2. Level set based on fairer and more relevant formula;
       3. Consideration of recruitment and retention impact;
       4. Concerns expressed at ADC about the current level relative to
            members earnings and the reason for a subscription maximum;
       5. Generating extra income.
       Conference agrees the rule amendment.
                                                                    Mover: NEC
A109                                                                                LD    O    Rule 10 - Discipline
       Conference notes that current Rule 10 complaints may not comply with                    Fylde again.
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       the use of natural justice and in light of this are in need of some revision.
       Conference therefore Agrees to the following revisions to Supplementary
       Rule 10.
       Constitutional Amendment.
       Supplementary Rule 10.
       Rule 10.2. Add additional sentence at end “ Such enquiries carried out
       under this rule shall include gathering the views of witnesses and taking
       account of circumstances in order to ensure that cases potentially referred
       to a Disciplinary Committee meeting are done so on a sound basis.”
       Rule 10.4. line 1 after “written notice of the”, revise so as to read
       “proposed date, time and place of the Committee meeting, and of their
       rights to:” (then existing sub points as listed).
       Rule 10.4 Add additional sub points under this rule as follows:
       1. “Request deferment of the date of the committee meeting by up to 15
            working days to take account of annual leave or other domestic
       2. Have evidence already submitted made available to the Disciplinary
       3. Be given details of the actual allegations being made so as to make it
            possible for respondents to provide responses.
       4. Call witnesses and/or provide witness statements”.
       Rule 10.7. Add additional sentence to end “Alternatively the NEC may
       conclude that there is no case to answer, in which case the member shall
       be exonerated”.
       Rule 10.8. Add additional sentence to end “Where a member has been
       exonerated and there is therefore no disciplinary penalty, the Committee
       report shall similarly be sent to the member within not more than 10 days.”
       Insert additional Rule 10.9 and re-number remaining Rules as appropriate.
       “10.9 On no account will home addresses of respondents be supplied to
       the complainants or vice versa. All correspondence to both complainants
       and respondents on matters arising under Rule 10 shall be sent to
       addresses designated by them for this purpose.”
                      Mover: DWP Fylde Central Benefits and Services (047139)
A110                                                                                    S    S    Add the BT to LG
       This conference notes that Supplementary Rule 5.20 refers to the
       representation of “women members, black members, young members,
       gay and lesbian members, and disabled members”. However, within our
       union structures we also represent the interests of bisexual and
       transgender members.
       Conference agrees to delete “gay and lesbian” in SR 5.20 and replace
       with “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender”.
                                                               Mover: NEC
A111                                                                                   LD    O    Model Branch Constitution
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       That this PCS annual delegate conference notes that as “Appendix B:
       Model Branch Constitution” is contained within the PCS national rules any
       amendment should require a two-thirds majority of delegates at national
       conference. However, in practice the NEC considers on a case-by-case
       basis changes proposed by branches to that model constitution and
       agrees them (or otherwise) in a similar fashion as they would changes to
       Group constitutions.
       Conference finds these two processes to be incompatible. Conference
       accepts the need for model constitutions as a starting point for new
       representative bodies within PCS but sees no need for their inclusion in
       the national rulebook.
       As such, Conference agrees to delete Appendix B: Model Branch
       Constitution from the PCS Rules and to rename the subsequent
       appendices as appropriate. In addition, Conference agrees that the first
       sentence of SR 4.18 will be amended to read: “Each Branch shall be
       governed by its own constitution.
                                        Mover: Home Office Merseyside (026124)
A112    (falls if A111 carried)                                                        LD    S    Model Branch Constitution
       This ADC notes the vital role of Union Learner Reps in the work of the                     Probably oppose as should be Union
       Union and agrees that this role should be recognised in Rule.                              Learning Reps, and yu should gte the
       Accordingly it agrees that the following amendments be made to the                         terminology right if it's a Rule
       Model Branch Constitution:                                                                 amendment.
       Rule B 6 (b) – at line 1 after (“BWAC”), insert “Union Learner Reps
       Rule B8 – after “BWAC member,” insert “ULR,”
       Rule B17 – at end insert “It shall appoint a Branch Learning Co-ordinator,
       who shall be a trained ULR, from among its number.”
                                            Mover: R&C Salford Revenue (200133)
A113    (falls if A111 carried) Covers: E456                                           LD    S    Model Branch Constitution
       Conference notes that the PCS rules on branch executive committees and
       the model branch constitution stipulate that Branches must elect a
       Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Organiser, Treasurer.
       Conference recognises that some branches elect or appoint a Branch
       Youth or Young Members Officer to organise and act as a voice for young
       workers on the BEC. However, as it is not part of the PCS rules at present
       it is not mandatory to create or fill the youth post.
       Conference notes that where branches elect a Branch Youth Officer and
       support the officer to fulfil the role as designed by the Young Members
       Network, it is usually followed by an increase in youth activity in the
       branch. Branch Youth Officers, when mentored in their branch, can go on
       to play an active and vital role in branch and workplace activity.
       Conference believes that it is essential for future strength and stability of
       PCS to bring on more young workers into union activity and the
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       mainstream of BECs, as well as the young members network.
       Conference therefore agrees to amend rule B14 to read:
       “The Branch officers shall consist of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson,
       Secretary, Organiser, Treasurer and Youth Officer. The officers shall be
       members of the Branch elected by secret, individual ballot of the members
       in the Branch. The BEC may fill any casual vacancy.”
       Conference further agrees to amend rule 4.6 to read:
       “Each Branch shall elect a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Organiser
       and Youth Officer. The name and address of a newly elected officer shall
       be notified to the General Secretary by the Branch Secretary within 7
       days. Where a new Branch is formed (other than by a Branch merger), a
       Branch Secretary may be appointed by the NEC; the member so
       appointed shall convene a General Branch Meeting within 6 weeks to
       approve the Branch constitution.”
                                Mover: DWP Lincolnshire & Rutland (047045)
                                               Seconder: DWP Wigan (047015)
A114                                                                                  LD    S    Tidying Up Rule Amendment
       Conference notes that Rule 9.17 appears to have escaped un-amended                        I think, but it is Fylde…
       following the establishment of PCS Annual Delegate Conference, and
       Agrees to amend Rule 9.17 as follows:
       Sub point (a) delete “each of”; revise “two years” to read “year”.
                    Mover: DWP Fylde Central Benefits and Services (047139)
       9. Finance & Services
A115   Covers: E463                                                                   O     O    Selective Paid Strikes
       Conference applauds the group hardship funds set up by the NEC.                           Caucus mantra
       However, this ADC believes that during industrial disputes certain areas,
       such as Contact Centres, could be targeted to cause maximum disruption
       to the business.
       Conference recognises that while this would be a valid tactic, we would
       not want to disenfranchise members by asking them to take a
       disproportionate financial deduction for being on strike when compared to
       the wider membership.
       Therefore, The NEC is instructed to explore all options and possibilities to
       raise funds and implement strike pay in those areas, with a report to on
       the findings to be published no later than Conference 2013.
                                           Mover: R&C Waterview Park (200131)
                                               Seconder: DWP Sheffield (047008)
A116   Covers: E464-E465                                                              LD?   O    Bring Travel and Accommodation
                                                                                                 In House
       This ADC deplores the continued use by PCS of a private company when                      Sounds good, but there may be
       making travel and accommodation arrangements. Baxter Hoare charge                         complications.
       PCS a fee for every transaction completed and this ADC believes that the
       money would be better spent employing someone directly to do this.
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       Conference believes it would be more economic, and more ethical, to
       remove someone from the ranks of the unemployed within PCS, even on
       a part-time basis, to arrange any travel and accommodation direct and
       therefore instructs the NEC to carry out a costing exercise with a view to
       ceasing existing arrangements with Baxter Hoare.
       Conference further instructs the NEC to report back within 3 months of the
       close of conference with a view to carrying out the terms of this motion.
                         Mover: R&C Glasgow & Clyde and Valuation (200119)
                                        Seconder: CPS East Midlands (070010)
A117                                                                                   LD    S    Miscellaneous Branch Expenditure
       Conference believes that representatives acting on behalf of PCS should
       be fully reimbursed for all costs incurred whilst on union business.
       Whilst accepting that a list of legitimate expenditure is necessary in order
       to control spending, conference believes that there should be an option to
       refer cases of exceptional expenditure to the branch and/or NEC for
       Conference, therefore, instructs the incoming NEC to amend the current
       list of legitimate expenditure to include a miscellaneous category for use in
       exceptional circumstances, and to instruct branches on the level of
       authorisation required for such expenditure – i.e branch/national level.
                                    Mover: DWP Highlands and Islands (047070)
A118   Covers: E466-E468                                                               LD    O    Branch Learning Bids
       That this ADC notes that with the demise of Regional Learning Funds
       opportunities to apply for funding to support Learning Activities in
       branches have diminished. This ADC restates its commitment to Learning
       which forms a vital part of PCS activity in branches with major benefits to
       the Union’s organising agenda. This ADC accordingly instructs the NEC to
       allow branches to place funding bids for learning activities; these bids
       would be made to PCS Organising and Learning and would require to be
       linked to specific learning activities with measurable outcomes, any
       funding being “ring-fenced” for those specified activities.
       Conference agrees with this to take effect from 1 January 2013.
                                           Mover: R&C Salford Revenue (200133)
                                    Seconder: R&C Bradford & District (200008)
A119                                                                                   LD    O    STUC Learning Conference
       This ADC instructs the NEC to properly fund the attendance at STUC
       Learning conference, as this year the STUC did not provide funding and
       the Branch Treasurers rules do not allow branches to fund this.
       This funding should be sufficient to send all ULRs who wish to attend. The
       NEC funding sub-committee should implement this at their first sub
       committee meeting in 2012-13.
                                                Mover: R&C Edinburgh (200037)
A120                                                                                    S    S    Hillsborough
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       Conference supports the continued fight for justice that is still being waged
       by the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and their families, 23 years on
       from the fateful day in 1989 when 96 people went to a football match and
       did not come home and the many more that were permanently scarred
       either physically, psychologically or both.
       The Hillsborough disaster is one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in
       the UK in living memory. 23 years on, not a single person has ever been
       held accountable for the failures in planning and policing that ultimately led
       to the disaster. Even as the disaster was unfolding, the establishment was
       getting its stories straight, claiming that the disaster was caused by ‘drunk’
       fans breaking through access gates. These lies were perpetrated further
       by The S*n newspaper, which reported that supporters had urinated on
       and robbed from the dead under the headline of ‘The Truth’, which cost
       them 250,000 readers on Merseyside, as part of a boycott which is still
       going strong today.
       The Hillsborough Justice Campaign (HJC) is a group which is made up of
       both the families of those who died and the survivors of the Hillsborough
       disaster. As well as taking a leading role in the campaign for justice, it also
       exists to raise awareness of the true story of Hillsborough and to counter
       the falsehoods which still exist today. It additionally helps survivors of the
       disaster come to terms with their ordeal by putting them in touch with
       others who have been affected and identifying other sources of help.
       Conference therefore agrees that, in order to stand PCS full square
       behind the victims of Hillsborough in their fight for justice, PCS will:
        Make an annual donation of £50 to the HJC;
        Work with the HJC to support and publicise HJC fund raising events;
            political campaigns and other campaign activity and encourage
            branches to do the same.
                         Mover: Home Office Criminal Records Bureau (026114)
A121                                                                                     LD    R/O   Life Insurance
       Conference recognises that the current PCS + Life insurance scheme has
       a comparative high cost with low return for a union of 300,000 members.
       Conference instructs the NEC to actively seek to secure a group based life
       insurance scheme to be available to all members and will be comparable
       with the schemes on offer from Sister Trade Unions, members who wish
       to be included will do so at their own expense, with inclusion guaranteed
       regardless of the medical history of the member or their spouse or
                       Mover: PSg Scotland Scottish Prison Service (149010)
A122                                                                                     LD    S     Motoring Costs
       This conference notes, that over the last several years, motoring costs for
       individuals have soared mainly due to rising fuel prices but also insurance
       companies increasing their premiums well over the inflation rate on a
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       yearly basis.
       It should be noted the costs of bus and rail fares have increased nationally
       during this time, however bus and rail costs are reimbursed automatically
       on submission of the ticket/receipt with the claim.
       Members who use their private motor vehicles in connection with officials
       PCS duties have had to bear the brunt of these increases at a time when
       not only has their own pay been frozen, but substantially eroded by the
       rapid inflation in day to day prices and general cost of living. It is unfair to
       expect our members to continue to subsidise the use of their own vehicles
       for their official PCS duties, when a Bus/Train and other forms of public
       transport are not viable options.
       The current mileage allowance of 30p per mile is not only out of date but
       also not reflective of the true costs to our members, considering today’s
       cost of fuel, insurance and general wear and tear on their personal
       It should also be noted that many local authorities and private companies
       have already increased their mileage rates for staff using their own
       vehicles to the HM Revenues recognised rate of 40p per mile.
       Therefore this conference instructs the NEC that the PCS mileage rate be
       increased to 40p per mile as soon as possible to reflect the true cost to
       our members.
                                                   Mover: CPS Northern (070001)
A123    (falls if A122 carried)                                                           LDo   O    Motoring Costs
       Conference notes that the Motor Mileage Allowance (MMA) paid to                               At least the previous motion ties it in
       representatives while carrying out essential PCS duties has not increased                     to the HMRC rate.
       in line with the ever increasing cost of motor fuel inflation within the UK.
       This means PCS representatives who work in rural areas are funding the
       cost of travel themselves where public transport s not cost effective or too
       time consuming in relation to the cost of fuel when this allowance was last
       This cannot be right or fair for our hard working representatives carrying
       out important business on the union behalf.
       Conference therefore instructs the NEC to carry out a review of the MMA
       and increase the allowance in line with the increased cost of motor fuel at
       the time of the last MMA increase, to today’s cost e.g. if the cost of fuel
       has gone up by 25% then the NEC is to authorise an increase to the
       allowance by the same percentage rate, to the nearest penny.
       Conference is also instructed to put in place a system to review this cost
       of motor fuel within the UK every 3 months and either increase or
       decrease the allowance to the cost at the time of the completed review.
       This will ensure union representatives are not funding PCS travel
                                          Mover: NOMS West Midlands (037108)
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A124                                                                                      LDo   S     Make Diaries Optional
       Conference notes that in this technological age many members use digital                       Probably cost more to administer than
       devices for organising their lives and therefore do not use the union diary                    you'd save.
       issued to them every year. Conference instructs the NEC to give members
       the option to decline to receive a diary each year. In the current economic
       climate this could save the union money on printing and distributing diaries
       that are not required.
                                          Mover: Land Registry Telford (030038)
A125                                                                                      LD    R/O   Allow Full Affiliation to Trades
       This ADC notes the updated guidance on Branch Expenditure issued for
       2012. Conference further notes the limit placed on branches for affiliations
       to a maximum amount of £100.00.
       Conference believes this to be an anomaly at a time when Branches are
       being urged to affiliate to local trades councils to encourage greater
       solidarity and campaigning across unions.
       The majority of trades councils are not overly wealthy, and affiliation fees
       are the main income
       If Branches are unable to affiliate to for the full amount to their local trades
       council then it is likely that the ability of PCS members to influence that
       council will be affected.
       Conference therefore instructs the NEC to amend this guidance to allow
       full affiliation to trades councils for Branches.
                                      Mover: Home Office West Croydon (026102)
A126                                                                                       S    O     Allow Branches to Buy Law Books
       That this ADC notes the increasing need for representatives dealing with
       Personal Cases to have access to standard legal reference books for the
       preparation of cases for Tribunal.
       The NEC is instructed to allow branches who wish to do so, to purchase
       such reference works up to a value of £120 per year in order to support
       their personal case work.
                                      Mover: R&C Greater Manchester (200135)
       10. Equality
A127   Covers: E473                                                                        S    S     National Equal Pay Claim
       This conference notes the great efforts that the union has made in the
       past to win a ruling that valid equal pay claims can be taken between
       women and men working in different departments.
       These efforts foundered principally on the argument that departments and
       agencies really did have delegation concerning pay matters. Whilst that
       argument was absurd nevertheless it was successful.
       With the implementation of a pay freeze and then a pay squeeze any
       argument that delegation exists or existed clearly cannot stand up.
       Therefore, in light of the changed circumstances, the NEC is instructed to
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       explore whether valid equal pay claims can now be taken between women
       and men working in different departments. If it is concluded that they can
       be, then the union should lodge necessary claims and fight an appropriate
       test case.
                                   Mover: DfT London & HQ Regions (201034)
                                        Seconder: DWP East London (047030)
A128                                                                                    S    S    Discrimination Against Disabled
                                                                                                  People in Private Office
       Conference notes that evidence is coming to light at HM Treasury that
       clearly demonstrates underrepresentation of disabled people (as low as
       2%) in private offices groupings (private office groupings can be defined
       as ministerial office staff and office staff supporting Director Generals
       (including Heads of judicial Departments) and senior public office holders,
       and above in the Home Civil Service). By contrast, the UK disabled
       workforce is believed to be between 18% and 22% of the workforce if the
       UK were to have full employment. Currently the Civil Service has just over
       7% disabled representation in the workforce and fall well behind
       representation in the private sector of around 12%.
       Conference further notes that as a result disabled staff are under-
       represented in private office jobs that would offer influence and insight to
       ministers and decision makers of decisions that detrimentally impact
       disabled citizens. The work force should be representative of the whole of
       society who pays public sector workers salaries and pensions.
       The NEC is instructed to investigate this lack of disabled employee
       representation in Government Private Offices. The NEC is further
       instructed to engage the Head of Profession for HR, Department HR
       Directors for the Home Civil Service to find out why there are still barriers
       for disabled staff accessing jobs in Civil Service private offices.
                                                  Mover: MOJ RCJ/PRFD (052054)
A129   Covers: E475                                                                    LD    S    Action on Equality
       Conference notes the carriage of motions A47 at ADC 2009 and A14 at
       ADC 2010.
       A47 noted the apparent disproportionate representation of staff from lower
       grades, ethnic minority staff, disabled staff etc. in disciplinary cases,
       performance management cases, lower box markings etc. It also noted
       the health inequalities that exist within the Civil Service and wider society
       and the gender pay gap. The motion set out a programme for action on
       equality which involved spreading best practice, the use of Equality Impact
       Assessments, training for reps, the promotion of alternative personnel
       policies that address unequal treatment etc.
       A14 noted the findings of ‘The Spirit Level’ by Professor’s Wilkinson and
       Pickett that demonstrated that the most unequal societies suffered from
       the greatest social ills. It set out a programme of work for the NEC in
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       promoting these findings such as inviting the professors to address an
       official fringe meeting at 2011 ADC and to encourage awareness amongst
       branches of the importance of their findings.
       It would appear that neither of these motions have been acted upon
       Conference calls upon the incoming NEC to implement the terms of these
       motions as a matter of urgency and to provide a full report on the progress
       of the terms of these in the 2013 annual report.
                                               Mover: DWP East London (047030)
                                                     Seconder: DCLG HQ (301005)
A130   Covers: E474, E476                                                              S    S    Fair Pensions for All
       This Conference welcomes the joint campaigning between PCS and the
       National Pensioners Convention (NPC) and the support given by the NPC
       to our “Fair Pensions for All “Campaign.
       In 2012 the NPC are launching their Dignity Code:
       “NPC Dignity Code
       The purpose of this Dignity Code is to uphold the rights and maintain the
       personal dignity of older people, within the context of ensuring the health,
       safety and well being of those who are increasingly less able to care for
       themselves or to properly conduct their affairs.
       This Code recognises that certain practices and actions are unacceptable
       to older people, such as:
        Being abusive or disrespectful in any way, ignoring people or
            assuming they cannot do things for themselves.
        Treating older people as objects or speaking about them in their
            presence as if they were not there.
        Not respecting the need for privacy.
        Not informing older people of what is happening in a way that they
            can understand.
        Changing the older person’s environment without their permission.
        Intervening or performing care without consent.
        Using unnecessary medication or restraints.
        Failing to take care of an older person’s personal appearance.
        Not allowing older people to speak for themselves, either directly or
            through the use of a friend, relative or advocate.
        Refusing treatment on the grounds of age.
       This Code therefore calls for:
        Respect for individuals to make up their own minds, and for their
            personal wishes as expressed in ‘living wills’, for implementation when
            they can no longer express themselves clearly.
        Respect for an individual’s habits, values, particular cultural
            background and any needs, linguistic or otherwise.
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            The use of formal spoken terms of address, unless invited to do
        Comfort, consideration, inclusion, participation, stimulation and a
             sense of purpose in all aspects of care.
        Care to be adapted to the needs of the individual.
        Support for the individual to maintain their hygiene and personal
        Respect for people’s homes, living space and privacy.
        Concerns to be dealt with thoroughly and the right to complain without
             fear of retribution.
        The provision of advocacy services where appropriate”.
       This Conference instructs the NEC to support the NPC in the launch of
       their Dignity Code and promote the NPC campaign to give people rights
       when they can no longer look after themselves.
                                    Mover: DWP Preston Central Office (047140)
                                        Seconder: Land Registry Fylde (030024)
       11. Personnel Policy
A131   Covers: E503-E520                                                              S    S    National Response to NGHR
       Conference is not surprised that the national talks on ‘A National
       Agreement for Civil Service (Next Generation) HR’ were ended by Civil
       Service management without agreement.
       Conference considers the employers stance of seeking a national
       agreement on CSNGHR that was to be binding upon PCS but which was
       intended to allow opt-out by Departments, is another blatant example of
       managements intention to do the governments bidding by avoiding
       meaningful consultation and genuine negotiation by moving rapidly to
       Conference agrees that building links with other trade unions does not just
       mean building for industrial action but that it also means sharing
       experience of oppressive employment practice across the public sector in
       order to develop a considered and agreed perspective and response.
       Conference believes that imposition of new HR Policies, other than those
       governed by statute ie Maternity leave, Paternity leave and Agency
       Workers, will be designed to drive terms and conditions to the lowest
       common denominator, at the lowest cost to the employer and will be
       rooted in a push towards a harsh performance related HR environment
       utilising restrictive Lean methods and the recruitment of a managerial
       cohort who will be expected to operate directly to the cuts agenda.
       Conference recognises that there were some potential benefits in a
       national approach to HR in that it could have given impetus to the case for
       national pay bargaining. We note though that Civil Service management
       strategy remains one of divide and rule.
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       Conference agrees that this must be resisted and instructs the NEC to
       take the following positions and steps:
        Members should be fully briefed on the dangers of NGHR recognising
           that members’ mood can shift policy by policy dependent upon
           departmental impacts.
        Departmental and other negotiators must defend and push others to
           defend all existing agreements and established personnel policies,
           terms and conditions unless what is offered is an improvement.
        Clear guidance must be provided to Departments without delay.
        Departmental negotiators must ensure that all NGHR proposals are
           made subject to existing consultation/negotiation arrangements at
           Departmental and other levels.
        All forms of performance practice, sick absence monitoring and
           practice as well as restrictive Lean methodology which are designed
           to result in the sacking, forced departure and oppressive control of our
           members should be opposed.
        We must defend well-being at work initiatives as well as fair practice
           towards a better work life balance.
        We must defend members against unfair mobility arrangements and
           ensure that the equality duties are being progressed.
        We must defend and seek improvements in Discipline and Conduct
        We must ensure that we guard against oppressive HR practice
           resulting in unfair redundancy selection.
       In conclusion conference notes the void that now exists in national
       bargaining mechanisms and instructs the NEC to push with the aim of
       establishing that mechanism without delay.
                                        Mover: UKTI London & Regions (041020)
                                               Seconder: BIS Northern (200099)
A132                                                                                  LD    S    Performance Management
       This conference notes:
        The proposed new system of performance management being
           introduced into the Department for Communities and Local
           Government for all staff below SCS.
        The introduction of this new system of performance management is
           being driven by the Cabinet Office which expects all Government
           Departments across the Civil Service to introduce a one-size-fits-all
           PMR system in their respective bargaining areas.
        DEFRA and DfT are currently piloting a similar system in their
           respective departments which differs little from that being proposed
           for DCLG.
       This conference believes:
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          That the new system of performance management being introduced is
           less transparent than its current counterpart and introduces a much
           greater degree of subjectivity in how an individual’s performance is
        Combined, these two elements of the new PMR system will make it
           easier for a union representative to assist a member whose
           performance has been marked as “having some concerns” and will
           make it easier for departments to dismiss an individual for alleged
           poor performance.
        The new system of performance management places staff into a 9-
           box grid, similar to that used in the DCLG restructuring process which
           was used to justify who would be successful or unsuccessful in
           retaining a post in the “new” department. We believe that this grid
           could be used by DCLG, and other departments, in future
           restructuring exercises.
       This conference resolves:
        That the NEC will assess the extent to which a single PMR system is
           being introduced across all Government departments.
        Following such an assessment, in order to resist the introduction of
           this single PMR system, (if it is relevant to do so because it appears
           that a single PMR system, detrimental to the interests of our
           members, is being introduced across the entire Civil Service)-
           o Develop a central negotiating strategy and
           o PCS-wide campaign. Such a campaign to include, but not be
                restricted to, industrial action (a strategy for which will be the
                result of consultation in branches and groups across PCS).
                                                       Mover: DCLG HQ (301005)
A133                                                                                  S    S    Campaign Against Domestic Abuse
       This Conference recognises the devastating effects of domestic violence
       both in suffering and cost and notes that:
        Two women die each week in the UK as a result of domestic violence.
        1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in the UK will experience some form of
           domestic abuse/violence in their lifetime.
        Every minute police are called for assistance with domestic abuse yet
           not all domestic abuse is reported.
        40% of domestic violence is against men.
        Domestic Abuse/Violence costs the UK economy in total £23 billion
           per year.
        The cost to the Employer is £2.7 billion per year in lost economic
           output, absenteeism and sickness.
        The British Medical Health Association states that domestic
           abuse/violence is a major health concern.
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          Domestic abuse can also lead to an increased risk of substance
      Domestic abuse has been proven to have significantly negative
           impact on the mental health of individuals who are subject to it.
      Domestic abuse has a negative impact on more than just the primary
           victim of the abuse. This includes children, family members, friends
           and work colleagues.
     This Conference instructs the incoming National Executive Committee
     1. To develop a National domestic abuse policy to support Groups and
           National Equality Committees.
     2. To develop a joint workplace policy with the Employer.
     3. To provide appropriate education and training opportunities for
           Groups, National Equality Committees and NEC members on the
           impact of domestic abuse/violence within the workplace.
     4. To create the role of Domestic Abuse Champion, define an
           appropriate role description and reporting mechanism into the
           National Executive Committee, National Equality Committees and
     5. The National Executive Committee to report to Group Conference
           2013 on its progress.
     In instructing the National Executive Committee Conference recognises
     that there is a guide for reps to domestic violence on the PCS website and
     that PCS remains affiliated to the Campaign Against Domestic Violence.
     Conference also recognises Motion A79 that was carried in 2008 and the
     subsequent update in the 2009 National Report which stated that
     “domestic violence policies under motion A79 had been moved forward.
     Conference also recognises that motion 370 submitted by R&C Northern
     Ireland was D marked to be dealt with by correspondence with the
     General Secretary at the 2011 Annual Delegate Conference. Yet there are
     still Government Departments without a Domestic Violence policy in place.
     More needs to be done to protect the welfare of our members. Although
     the Coalition Government launched on 8th March 2011 an action plan to
     tackle all aspects of violence against women and girls the reality is rather
     different. The Comprehensive Spending Review has meant that domestic
     abuse and sexual abuse charities have had to face significant funding
     cuts. There are also cuts to housing, policing, court services, advice
     services, specialist rape crisis centres, domestic violence refuges and
     Legal Aid.
     Domestic abuse/violence is prevalent in all walks of life and often goes
     unreported. There is no “typical” victim and not all abuse is physical. Reps
     need to be aware of the signs such as regular absences, vague
     explanations, and unexplained injuries. Our members need support and
     protection to be able to remain in work. As a National trade Union we have
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       the resources and support to be able to make a real difference to those
       members suffering from Domestic Abuse/Violence.
                                   Mover: R&C North West England (200071)
A134                                                                                  S    S    Olympic Detriment
       Conference notes that in order to accommodate the 2012 Olympic Games
       the Government has committed to ‘positively change’ travel arrangements
       for Government employees. Some of these changes, such as working in
       offices nearer to home and encouraging the use of electronic
       communications, could indeed be positive.
       However, many others could potentially be to the detriment of members in
       a number of ways, including:
        time lost,
        changing leave plans,
        additional travel to meetings and training courses,
        additional travel expense,
        the disruption that hot desking inevitably brings to offices.
       Conference recognises that some members will be happy to change their
       leave and/or working hours and amend their travel arrangements and we
       support those who do.
       Nevertheless conference does not believe that any member should feel
       pressured in to making any changes to their current arrangements.
       Furthermore we believe that any financial loss or loss of time caused by
       travel disruption due to the Olympic Games should be reimbursed in full
       by the employer. The employer can then recoup the loss from the relevant
       Olympic authorities and agencies.
       Conference believes it is absolutely right that members are given time off
       in cases of severe weather and similar circumstances, circumstances
       which are beyond any authorities’ control. Conference also believes that it
       is only appropriate that the same applies to the Olympics, which
       Parliament chose to host. There are costs to hosting the Olympics, costs
       which go beyond building the stadia and infrastructure, costs which
       include time and money lost to travel disruption.
       Conference doesn’t believe those costs should be borne by PCS
       members and call on the PCS NEC to ensure that no member is forced to
       suffer any financial, time or other detriment as a result of the Olympics.
       Conference instructs the NEC to:
       1. Demand a guarantee from the Cabinet Office that any member who
            loses any time or money or suffers any other workplace detriment as
            a consequence of Olympics related disruption will be refunded in full.
       2. Advise the Cabinet Office that if this guarantee is not forthcoming we
            will pursue a policy of non- cooperation with Olympic Games
            contingency plans.
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       3.   Investigate the legal options for obtaining compensation for any
            members who do suffer detriment as a result of the 2012 Olympics.
                                                    Mover: DEFRA London (001026)
A135   Covers: E521-E522                                                                  LD    S    National Carers Strategy
       Conference instructs the NEC to carry out fully the terms of Motion A33                       Would want to hear what the NEC say
       carried at the 2010 conference. The motion instructed the NEC to                              they have done.
       negotiate a National Carers Strategy with the employer which included -
        Definition of a carer and what it entails being a carer, the support
            provisions available to carers and support options available to their
            line managers.
        The importance of the Employer recognising the importance of
            supporting carers to allow them to remain in the workplace and
            commitment to setting the highest standards for carers working in the
            public sector.
        The Employer to recognise the difficulties that long term carers face in
            terms of both physical and mental ill health and to take responsibility
            in addressing the underlying causes of absence and in supporting the
            physical and mental health and well being before the onset of
       Following the June 2010 Emergency Budget and the subsequent
       Comprehensive Spending Review this issue takes on even greater
       importance and urgency. The social care system is in chaos yet Carers’
       save the economy £119billion per year, an average of £18,473 per carer.
       The issue of caring touches all parts of society.
       Each year 2 million people become carers which equates to 44,000
       people per week. 3.3 million juggle work with caring responsibilities for a
       disabled, ill or frail relative or friend, yet 1 in 6 carers is forced to either
       give up work or reduce their working hours. Research has shown that poor
       health is associated with caring and many long term carers face continual
       ill health both physical and mental. A report undertaken by Sheffield
       Hallam University for Ace National Action for Carers & Employment led by
       Carers UK “We Care – Do You?” in 2007 showed that the proportion of
       people with poor health increases as the weekly hours of care rise. The
       relationship between health and caring was seen in both sexes and was
       most marked where the caring was most demanding. It showed that caring
       responsibilities mount and peak between the ages of 45 – 54 and that in
       future most people’s lives will include at least one episode of unpaid
       On the 25th November 2010 the Government published “Recognised,
       Valued and Supported: Next Steps for the Carers Strategy”. This set out
       the government’s plans for the following 4 years to support carers through
       health and social services, through the use of technology and in the
       workplace. Within the strategy there is strong emphasis to enable those
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     with caring responsibilities to fulfil their employment potential and of
     working with employers to promote new ways of supporting their
     workforce. However the reality for carers is and will continue to be
     completely different
     Carers are already facing financial hardship, damage to their future
     employment prospects and pension rights, isolation and ill health,
     insufficient support and this is only going to get worse. The reduction in
     funding that Local Authorities have to contend with means that the care
     and support services that families depend on will face deep cuts. The UK
     population is aging which means that the numbers of carers having to care
     for a parent as well for children are increasing. Carers need protection as
     they often feel vulnerable, ignored isolated, alone. A commitment to care
     can mean a commitment to future poverty and to poor physical and mental
     health. 52% of carers have been treated for stress because of their caring
     role. People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to be
     permanently sick or disabled.
     Conference calls upon the incoming NEC to support carers in the
     workplace as matter of urgency by negotiating with the Employer a
     National Carers Strategy and to report back to the Annual Delegate
     Conference 2013. It is vital for members to receive the support they need
     in order to remain in work. The issue of eldercare needs to be addressed
     as it will take over from childcare issues and it is important that
     appropriate education and awareness of the whole issue of caring is made
     available for workplace reps, on the impact that caring can have on
     members within the workplace. Many members will hide their caring
     responsibilities and will take leave to undertake their caring
     responsibilities. Therefore it is a difficult to get respite or a break from
     Conference further instructs the NEC to publicise and fully support Carers
     Week 2012 being held 18– 24th June. The theme is “In Sickness and In
     Health” and aims to highlight the fact that carer’s health and safety is
     important. Conference recognises and acknowledges the work undertaken
     by such organisations as CARERS UK, Crossroads Care, The Princess
     Royal Trust for Carers and campaigns such as “Make WORK Work”
     calling on the government to introduce changes to health and social care
     services, the tax, benefits and pensions systems that help carers remain
     in work, return to work and in raising the awareness of the difficulties that
     carers face. Without these organisations campaigning for change,
     providing information and support, transforming the awareness of caring
     so that carers are valued and not discriminated against and mobilising
     supporters and carers to influence the decision makers, the whole issue of
     caring and its impact on carers would not be where it is today.
                                  Mover: R&C Aberdeen & Inverness (200001)
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                                                                                                        My Comments
                                      Seconder: R&C Benton Park View (200126)
A136    (Composite) Covers: E523-E524                                                 S    S    Menopause
       That this conference notes that the menopause is a natural process that
       will affect or has affected every woman at some stage in her life, yet
       barely a policy exists that even mentions the menopause, let alone
       recognises its impact in our workplaces.
       As a consequence and just to give two examples, our members are being
       disciplined for “sickness” or errors made due to changes in their hormone
       levels, and Risk Assessments are not taking into account the impact of the
       Women going through the menopause should be treated with respect,
       sensibility and Health and Safety policies should reflect and recognise the
       impact of the menopause in the workplace.
       History offers evidence that the majority of women will suffer ill-effects
       from the menopause symptoms, severity will vary and the condition will
       not just affect the sufferer, but everyone around them.
       This conference therefore instructs the NEC to negotiate with
       management to put in place a policy that covers recognition of this
       condition and reasonable adjustments thus ensuring that our members are
       not discriminated against due to a natural process which is not a matter of
       The NEC is instructed to have a draft policy in place before the start of
       ADC 2013.
                                                    Mover: MOJ Wessex (052038)
                                              Seconder: R&C Edinburgh (200037)
A137   Covers: E525-E537                                                              S    S    Research Working Conditions and
       Conference recognises that the Whitehall II study revealed that there is a
       relationship between Civil Service grade and longevity, essentially the
       higher your grade the longer your life expectancy and the lower your
       grade the lower your life expectancy.
       Conference recognises that there are many factors affecting health and
       life expectancy. However, our employer should take active steps to
       identify working conditions that have short and long term effects on
       members’ health and life expectancy. These working conditions can
       include control over your own work as well as physical working conditions.
       Conference instructs the NEC to campaign to have our employer engage
       with academic research, agreed with the NEC, to identify and address the
       relationship between working conditions, health and longevity.
                             Mover: Land Registry Lincoln Inn Fields (030022)
                                   Seconder: Education DfE Sheffield (501010)
A138                                                                                 LD    S    Fast Stream Programme
       Conference is aware of opposition to the Fast Stream Programme. That                     Seems a bit confusing
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       position is understandable, particularly at a time of large scale
       restructuring and the threat to jobs. However, this policy is in danger of
       undermining our effectiveness in the long term and needs to be revisited.
       Welcoming fast streamers should not be seen as welcoming the fast
       stream programme. We should separate the programme from the people.
       Direct entrance to the civil service is currently limited almost entirely to fast
       stream entrants. If we want to recruit new civil servants to PCS we need to
       be more pragmatic and recruit fast streamers particularly given that these
       people will be the leaders of tomorrow. Many fast streamers are young,
       bright and energetic - the perfect PCS member!
       The current arrangement where internal fast streamers can be PCS
       members but external fast streamers cannot doesn’t make sense. Neither
       is it helpful when PCS does not have any say on pay arrangements for
       those on the fast stream.
       Conference therefore instructs the NEC to enter into negotiations with a
       view to 1- recruiting staff on the fast stream and 2- obtaining negotiating
       rights on pay for same.
                                                 Mover: MOJ HQ London (052053)
A139                                                                                        S    R/O   Presenteeism
       This conference notes with growing concern the ever more stringent
       application of the attendance management rules in relation to staff
       sickness. It further notes that whilst Civil Service departments now makes
       every effort to record all sickness absence and issue staff attendance
       warnings no measures have been taken to identify levels of
       “presenteeism” within the workplace.
       Presenteeism (staff attending work when unfit through sickness to do so)
       is recognised across industry as a growing problem; both the TUC and
       CIPD have raised the issue in recent times. In fact it is now recognised
       that presenteeism and its impact on business productivity is often more
       costly than staff taking sickness absence and then returning to duty fully fit
       and able to perform their duties to the required level.
       Conference therefore calls on the incoming NEC to raise this issue with
       the department at the earliest in order to:
        press the cabinet office to introduce a recording system to record
            when staff attend work when unwell through sickness;
        ensure the Cabinet Office produces the figures for cases of
            presenteeism within its HR returns;
        require that all staff attending work whilst unwell are required to
            complete HSF1 forms and submit them to the appropriate HASLO;
        individual Departmental Risk Assessments are reviewed to include
            the issues posed by staff attending work whilst unwell.
                  Mover: Home Office Midlands, South West & Wales (026109)
A140                                                                                        S    S     Partial Retirement
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       This conference notes the Government is both extending state retirement
       age for workers and is also encouraging workers to consider working
       beyond 60 years of age. Additionally due to austerity measures some of
       our members are having to work beyond 60 for financial reasons. These
       factors are resulting in more of our members wishing to take partial
       retirement, however conference notes that this is becoming more difficult
       in workplaces due to the employer saying that they cannot accommodate
       so many part time staff for business/operational reasons.
       Conference calls on the NEC to urgently raise this with the employer to
       negotiate a framework that will allow staff to be able to reduce their hours
       without refusal in order that they can take partial retirement.
                                             Mover: DWP West London (047036)
A141                                                                                    LD    S    Leave for Interviews
       This Conference understands that as of mid 2011 all Civil Service
       vacancies that previously were considered "internal" to a department;
       DWP,OPG, CMEC etc; had to be open to all in the Civil Service, which we
       agree is a good thing. However the policy on leave for interviews has not
       kept up. The current policy is that a person can be granted reasonable
       time off to attend interviews within their department. An interview for
       external companies, this is what other departments are classed as, should
       be managed through flexi or annual leave.
       Example: Two people apply for the same 2 posts in Nottingham. One
       person is DWP the other is OPG. The posts are the same. Each would be
       granted flexi credits to attend the interview for the vacancy at their current
       work place but not the other.
       This Conference instructs the NEC to negotiate the policy for leave for
       interviews to be updated to keep in line with advertising positions. This
       conference requests that all interviews for posts within the Civil Service
       should be managed through special leave / flexi credits creating a fair and
       equal treatment for all Civil Servants.
                                                Mover: DWP Nottingham (047042)
A142                                                                                    LD    ?    Direct Recruitment of EOs
       This conference whilst welcoming the recruitment of staff into the Civil
       Service, is concerned that the direct recruitment of executive officers such
       as in a recent DWP exercise is having a detrimental impact on the
       promotion prospects of admin grade staff. This is at a time when
       Government cuts have severely limited promotion opportunities for
       This conference instructs the NEC to highlight the concerns of members to
       the Cabinet Office and more importantly press them to issue guidance out
       to departments that in any future vacancy filling exercise promotions will
       be used to fill a fixed percentage of the posts. As a minimum we would
       suggest between 66% or 75% thereby providing promotion opportunities
 No                                  Text of Motion                                     BEC   LU           Subject of Motion/   Your Comments
                                                                                                            My Comments
       for staff whilst at the same time not preventing an element of direct
                                         Mover: DWP West London (047036)
A143                                                                                    LD    S    Team Information Boards
       Conference notes that Team Information Boards (TIB) and meetings are
       now in use throughout most Civil Service departments. Whilst some PCS
       Groups have successfully negotiated protocols on the use and contents of
       the TIB, it appears that both the information on the boards and the
       meetings themselves are failing to meet the needs of members with
       disabilities, i.e. there are inadequate or totally non-existent reasonable
       adjustments being made. As an example size of fonts on notices are not
       large enough. Information is mounted to high or to low to enable it to be
       read easily. A dyslexia sufferer has a particular problem with black on
       white colour and whilst there is a solution whereby an aid can be used
       (different coloured plastic see through sheets) which differ in colour from
       person to person. This would mean that individuals who currently have
       this hidden disability would be forced into revealing that they had dyslexia
       to others. PCS Conference supplies signers to assist our delegates who
       suffer from hearing difficulties yet there is no evidence that the Civil
       Service is employing them to assist at team briefings. Conference, people
       who have disabilities are still stigmatised by society and thus it is still
       evident within the workplace.
       Conference instructs the NEC to negotiate for the immediate cessation in
       use of TIB throughout the Civil Service until such times as the employer
       undertakes an Equality Impact Assessment and makes them compatible
       with the Equalities Act. This does not negate meetings taking place as
       long all reasonable adjustments are in place to make them fully inclusive
       under the Equalities Act.
                                       Mover: MOJ Greater Manchester (052010)
A144                                                                                    LD    S    Car Parking Levies
       ADC notes with concern that there is no national policy with regards to car
       parking levies. This is an issue that effects all departments throughout
       Conference instructs the NEC to develop a national policy which will aid
       branches across the country in their negotiations with official side.
       This policy is vital to ensure consistency throughout the civil service on car
       parking levies.
       Conference instructs the NEC to develop this policy within the next six
                                              Mover: R&C East Midlands (200033)
       12. Environment
A145                                                                                     S    S    Climate Change
       This conference confirms the commitment of PCS to fighting Climate
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                                                                                                              My Comments
       Change and to the one Million Climate Jobs strategy. It recommends the
       NEC to undertake the following:
        Investigate waste management current protocols across some pilot
        Devise a character to advertise and make recognisable the Green
            Reps network and aim for a least a Green Representative in each
        Complete members survey on Green Issues;
        Work with the Campaign Against Climate Change to organise events
            against Climate Change;
        Work with regional officers and groups to coordinate campaigns and
            exchange good practice.
                     Mover: National Museums Liverpool CMSOA NW (103001)
A146    (falls if A29 carried)                                                            LD    O    Say No to Nuclear Power
       Conference would like to see our entire world powered via wind, solar,
       geothermal, ocean and so on. However, our electricity demands are far
       too high to make these options viable by themselves. A combination of
       nuclear energy and all of the above will keep the lights on for the future.
       This conference now agrees that nuclear power is a necessity and nuclear
       energy is the only viable replacement for fossil fuels.
       Conference wishes to try to and reduce the human impacts on the planet
       and to find the quickest and most effective means of preventing runaway
       climate change.
       Conference instructs the NEC to drop the current “say no to nuclear
       power” campaign and to actively investigate ways to encourage the
       government to pursue a combination of all the alternatives mentioned in
       this motion.
                                                   Mover: DEFRA York (001048)
A147                                                                                       S    S    Courses for Green Reps
       Conference applauds the commitment shown by PCS nationally to
       becoming a greener organisation not only as an employer but also as a
       union in the realm of bargaining for greener workplaces and developing
       campaigns around climate solidarity, renewable energy and sustainability.
       There is now a substantial body of policy that has been developed as a
       response to threats caused by climate change and the failure of the
       Government to create a green economy and meets targets on reducing
       environmental hazards such as carbon emissions.
       It is disappointing to note however that there is currently very little in terms
       of availability of training for prospective PCS Green/Environmental reps
       and that this serves to undermine the progress that is being made by the
       union to fight the Government austerity programme and promote the
       green alternative to spending cuts at grassroots level.
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                                                                                                            My Comments
       The NEC is therefore instructed in the coming year to:
       1. Review the availability of courses offered by PCS Regional offices for
           Green Reps to ensure that courses are scheduled to run on a regular
           basis in future and all reps receive adequate training.
       2. Review the content of the PCS Reps introductory training course to
           ensure more coverage is given to green activism and to encourage
           more reps to become active in this field.
                                             Mover: CPS East Midlands (070010)
       13. Pensions
A148                                                                                     S    S    Part Time Pension Contribution
       This Conference believes that it was wrong of the government to claim
       that staff earning under £15,000pa would not pay increased pensions
       contribution rates. Part-time staff earning under £15,000 will have to pay
       the increase because this “stealth tax” is based on Full Time Equivalent
       (FTE) earnings. The Labour Party say this insistence on basing
       contributions on FTE traps 750,000 of the poorest paid public servants.
       This mainly affects women.
       This conference instructs the NEC to challenge this in the courts on the
       grounds that the FTE base is indirect discrimination.
       It also instructs the NEC to approach all mainstream political parties to try
       to get them to adopt reversing this as party policy.
                                                 Mover: MOD Salisbury (014008)
A149                                                                                    LD    S    Specialist Pensions Adviser for
                                                                                                   Private Sector Members
       We note Motion A91, passed by ADC 2009 calling for extra help for our
       members in the private sector in the form of a specialist pensions adviser.
       The motion was passed, after a call for remission on the grounds that
       members in the public sector, but not in the civil service pension scheme
       (CSPS), also required additional support. That call for remission was
       withdrawn after an intervention from the NEC, declaring that the needs of
       such members would also be addressed.
       We further note that, with a pensions dispute now in full swing, a dispute
       which includes many of those public sector members outside the CSPS
       (although they have a similar interest in the issue), the focus of information
       on pensions (the pensions calculator, for example) has been entirely, if
       understandably, on the CSCS.
       We note that representatives, from those branches with members in
       schemes outside the CSPS, rely upon TUC and other unions’ pensions
       information as their primary source of information on pensions issues
       which affect the members they represent.
       We call upon the NEC to make a statement about progress in fulfilling the
       intentions of Motion A91 (2009) and to improve upon communications and
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                                                                                                               My Comments
       advice around non-CSCS pensions as the dispute develops.
              Mover: English & UK Sports Councils – CMSOA L&SE (101026)
A150                                                                                      LD    O    Pay Increase to Offset Pension
                                                                                                     Contribution Increase
       That this ADC considers that the tactics utilised by the present NEC in                       Inclined to oppose - nice idea but not
       combating the threat to members’ pensions require serious                                     going to happen and distraction to
       reconsideration in order to be fully effective.                                               main campaign.
       Conference notes the displays of unity and strength on 30th June and
       30th November 2011, but also notes that, in the present climate of
       austerity, members are finding it increasingly difficult to afford to lose day’s
       pay, especially whilst realising that intermittent one day strikes are never
       going to bring about victory in this dispute. Continuing such a tactic is not
       going to bring about victory, and is likely to prove to be divisive, something
       already demonstrated by the willingness of trade unions such as ATL to
       approve the offer on the table, and Unison in agreeing to further
       This dispute has to be seen as an industrial dispute, not a political one.
       Conference accepts that the vast majority of members outside of the
       activist base of PCS realise this, and, indeed, want this.
       Conference accepts that there are some basic truths in the minds of
       members when it comes to furthering this campaign:
        The increase in retirement age, whilst unwelcome, is bringing public
            sector workers into line with those changes set in law already
            enshrined in the private sector. Support for a campaign in which
            public sector workers seem to ask for “special treatment” in continuing
            to retire at an age earlier than that witnessed amongst the general
            population is never going to gain widespread traction. The changes to
            indexation, again whilst unwelcome, are also bringing our pensions
            into line with that witnessed in the general population, and, indeed,
            will be offset to a certain degree by the improved accrual rates
            provided as part of the new package.
        The move to a career average pension, rather than final salary, will
            not affect the vast majority of PCS members. Such a move, rather,
            affects more deeply the senior officials in the public sector who,
            traditionally, obtain promotions just prior to retirement age, something
            which has long been a scandal and in need of reform.
       Conference therefore recognises that the most pressing issue for PCS
       members is the threatened increase in pension contributions by some 3%,
       this to be phased in over a period of three years. Conference, whilst
       welcoming the phasing in arrangements, does recognise that such an
       increase at a time of pay freezes, and real time cuts in pay, are a source
       of massive concern to members, many of whom continue to suffer low pay
       and relative poverty.
 No                                    Text of Motion                                       BEC   LU          Subject of Motion/   Your Comments
                                                                                                               My Comments
       Conference therefore instructs the incoming NEC to negotiate with
       government a “one-off” pay increase of 3%, this to be phased in over a
       period of three years, for all civil service workers, this to offset the effect of
       the increased pension contributions. Conference whilst agreeing this notes
       that there is a precedent for such a move, in that Post Office staff saw a
       6% increase in pay specifically provided to offset an equivalent increase in
       pension contributions a number of years ago.
       Should government refuse to countenance such a reasonable demand,
       conference agrees that an intelligent, and alternative, method of fighting
       this imposition is available to the union.
       Conference therefore agrees that should this reasonable demand not be
       met, PCS will immediately instruct all of its members to write to their
       employer refusing to allow their pay section to deduct the additional
       contributions from their gross salary.
       Further, should this option either not bring about the required measures,
       or be deemed to be in some way a breach of contractual arrangements,
       PCS will immediately instruct all of its members to withdraw in totality from
       the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme as a mass protest against the
       imposed arrangements. In doing this, conference recognises that the
       pension scheme would, itself, become completely unaffordable in real time
       and would force government back to the negotiating table.
                                                  Mover: R&C West Wales (200151)
A151                                                                                        LD    S    Abatement of Pensions
       Conference notes with concern the inequality that exists with the current
       PCPS scheme in relation to abatement of pensions.
       An abatement (a reduction in a preserved pension under PCPS) only
       applies when an employee leaves one PCPS employer and is then re-
       employed by another PCPS employer. Abatement applies when the
       employee’s pension and new salary when added together is deemed to be
       higher than their previous salary.
       The abatement does not apply if the employee moves to an employer who
       does not operate under PCPS rules, whatever their new income.
       Therefore, two people with the same preserved pension from the same
       previous employer will be treated differently – one employee will receive
       all their pension entitlement whilst the other will have their pension
       reduced; possibly to zero until they cease working for a PCSPS employer.
       Conference therefore instructs the NEC to seek abolition of this inequality
       in abating pensions.
                                                      Mover: DWP Fife (047064)

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