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No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 schemes. 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 cuts. 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 imposed, 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 terms, 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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, No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 Commission Conference notes that the Macpherson Inquiry into the murder of Stephen No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 services; 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 services. 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 Scheme 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 issue. 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 poverty. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments pension contributions. Conference also notes that pay progression has stopped in many organisations and agrees that pay progression should be a right to all members. 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 round. 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 differentials. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments government’s pay policy, and that bargaining groups and regions are kept abreast of developments as well as being regularly briefed and supported. 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 groups. 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 dispute. 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 year. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 underpaid; 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 announcement. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 pay. 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 Progression 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 communities; 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 society. Conference instructs the NEC to: No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 services. 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 Report. 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 time. 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 racist”. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 & Search. 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 environment. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 boycottworkfare.org 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 http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-17329-f0.pdf 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 services; 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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) No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 groups. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 Violence 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 culpable. Promote vigorous, effective and unified campaigning throughout the No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 Smith, 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, No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments campaign for a change in the law to cover all workers, not just employees. 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 paid). 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 following 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 housing. Mover: MOJ Public Guardian Office (052046) Seconder: R&C VOA Central London Valuation (200148) A38 S S Use Olympics for Protests/Strike Action 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, No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 venues. 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, HS2. 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) No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments A40 S S Reinstate Unfairly Dismissed Workers 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 services. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 winters. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 Corporation 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 Westminster. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 UK. 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 higher. To campaign and lobby all the major political parties to support the democratic right for Trade Union members to vote within the work place. To seek support from the TUC & other Trade Unions in lifting the ban No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 workforce. 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 win. 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 Kingdom. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 interests. 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 freedom. 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 representation. 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 individuals. d) Enable all political parties to stand candidates in election thus No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 PCS 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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’ negligence. 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 legislation; 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 membership. 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 solicitors. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 children. The TURC campaigns: to ban employer-funded trade union representatives in the public sector; 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. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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 action. Mover: Home Office Midlands, South West & Wales (026109) Seconder: Home Office West London (026106) A70 Covers: E383-E384 S S Conference Paper on Devolved Administrations 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 considered; 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:- No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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 committee; 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 UK; 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 permanent. 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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 PCS. 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 future. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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) No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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 members. an inclination by some not to develop and encourage new PCS activists for fear such an activist may decide to contest their position later. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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” dispute. 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, No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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 Results 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments Nominations 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 systems. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 PCS 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 cuts. 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 legislation. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 buildings. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 interaction 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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- No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 people. 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 Parliament; 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 activities. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 quickly. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 it. 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, No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 Israel 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments Mover: MOJ HQ London (052053) 7. Affiliations A104 Covers: E434-E447 LD S Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions/ Solidarity with MENA Workers Network 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 firstname.lastname@example.org but please copy to email@example.com). 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 generations. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 Association 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 generations! 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 commitments. 2. Have evidence already submitted made available to the Disciplinary Committee. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 (ULR),”; 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 consideration. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 partners. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 vehicles. 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 raised. 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 themselves. Mover: NOMS West Midlands (037108) No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 Councils 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 substantially. 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments The use of formal spoken terms of address, unless invited to do otherwise. 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 appearance. 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 imposition. 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 policies. 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: No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 judged. 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments Domestic abuse can also lead to an increased risk of substance misuse. 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 Groups. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 sickness. 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 caring. 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 caring. 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) No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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 menopause. 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 choice. 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 Longevity 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments My Comments 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 members. 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 recruitment. 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 PCS. 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 months. Mover: R&C East Midlands (200033) 12. Environment A145 S S Climate Change This conference confirms the commitment of PCS to fighting Climate No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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 departments; Devise a character to advertise and make recognisable the Green Reps network and aim for a least a Green Representative in each Branch; 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. No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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 Increases 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 No Text of Motion BEC LU Subject of Motion/ Your Comments 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 negotiations. 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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