Half day strike at London Passport Office: 5th April from 1pm #PCS

April 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Walk out! Here’s how to do so!

You will be aware that PCS is calling on its members to walk out on the 5th of April. The reasons for this walkout have been outlined in previous communications.This briefing outlines exactly how members can take the action agreed by the national union.

On 5th April PCS members will take a ‘half day’ of industrial action. A ‘half-day’ means different things to different people depending on the shift patterns they work. PCS is calling upon all its members to take 3 hours and 42 minutes of industrial action on the 5th of April as this is what technically constitutes a ‘half day’. However, when that time is taken will depend on your pattern of work.

  • PCS is calling on those members who work flexi to leave at 1pm.
  • We are calling on all shift workers (CSO, EWH, Evening Shift) to walk out 3 hours and 42 minutes before the end of their shift.  

Here is the specific guidance for each of those patterns:

  • Flexi: walk out at 1pm on the day.
  • EWH finishing at 5.30pm: Walk out 3 hours 42 minutes before the end of your normal shift: that is at 1.48pm.
  • CSO finishing at 6pm: Walk out 3 hours 42 minutes before the end of your normal shift that is at 2.18pm.
  • Evening Shift: Walk out 3 hours 42 minutes before the end of your normal shift.
  • For those whose official finishing time is 9.15pm you should leave at 5.33pm
  • For those who official finishing time is 9.30pm you should leave at 5.48pm

In short:

Flexi: leave at 1pm.
Normally leave at 5.30? Leave at 1.48
Normally leave at 6pm? Leave at 2.18
Normally leave at 9.15? Leave at 5.33
Normally leave at 9.30? Leave at 5.48

We recognise that many members work other patterns which they have individually agreed with management due to their own personal circumstances. We advise those members to approach their PCS reps for advice. However, our advice is that if you do not work EWH, work in the CSO area or work the Evening Shift, you should leave the office at 1pm.

Don’t be fooled

Members may have also been told that if they are on probation they should not strike. If you are on probation, you can and it is illegal to try and stop you.

Members may also have been told that they will lose a full day’s pay if they take this action. This too is a lie, designed to worry you. If you take this action you will only loose HALF a day’s pay.

Is this difficult? No, it’s actually very simple. 

Members have a right to leave the office at the times we have listed, depending on their working pattern. Management cannot legally prevent you from leaving. You are within your rights to leave your workstation at these times and go home. Any attempt by the employer to prevent you from doing so or pressurise you into remaining in the office is illegal. You don’t even have to discuss things with people who do try to put pressure on you. Say nothing and just leave.

People will want to finish up what they are doing prior to leaving (finish their last transaction, log off etc). We encourage members to do this as soon as possible. Do so, but do not allow yourself to be pressured into remaining or doing any work whatsoever after the leaving times we have listed above.

It’s easy and effective

We encourage members who work the various patterns to take note of our recommended times to walk out on the day. There will be different times for different people. However, if people do leave at the times we recommend this will stagger people’s strike times across the day and cause disruption.

Stand together

The kind of action PCS is recommending has been shown to be effective in the civil service on numerous occasions. It is a different kind of strike action. It is more targeted, has a disruptive impact and allows members to see the power they actually have.

PCS WILL BE HOLDING A MEETING OUTSIDE THE MAIN CUSTOMER ENTRANCE AT 1.30. WALK OUT AND COME ALONG!

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End Home Office Vicitmisation: Demo 10th April for #JonBigger

April 3, 2013 3 comments

The campaign to get branch rep Jon Bigger reinstated is entering an important phase.  On Wednesday, April 10 Jon will attend an appeal hearing at the Home Office headquarters and argue his case.  This is an opportunity for the Department to show that it is not in the business of union busting and victimising PCS representatives.

You can get involved with this process by attending a demonstration outside the building from 12:30 PM.  We want to show the Home Office that we care about the representatives we have and that we won’t be bullied by the Department.

Please come to the demo if you can and make some noise for Jon.

All out on Budget Day! #M20 #PCS

March 19, 2013 1 comment

PCS Members across the country are out on strike tomorrow over pay, jobs, pensions and an unprecedented attack on terms and conditions.

Members in the Identity and Passport Service in London and the South of England will be playing their part in this action and subsequent planned strike action on 5th April.

For full details please see the PCS website.

We urge all members to take part in the strike and all members of the public to support us.  We hope that this action will ensure that we can carry on providing a great public service.  That service will be under threat if the work members carry out for the public is de-valued.  We have to fight and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Civil Service Rank and File Bulletin (Mar 2013)

March 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Civil Service Rank & File Network

The latest bulletin from the Civil Service Rank and File Network is now out. You can read it below. If you’re involved with rank and file activism in other sectors in the UK or beyond we would like to hear from you.

The bulletin includes our call to punctuate official action from PCS with rank and file activity, details of action to defend victimised rep Jon Bigger, information about the closure of HMRC Enquiry Centres, and a call for solidarity with Home Communities Agency workers also striking on 20 March.

Please download/print and distribute amongst fellow civil servants and government workers.

CSRF Bulletin 05 (Mar 2013) (PDF)

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E-Action: Reinstate Jon Bigger #PCS

March 6, 2013 2 comments
PCS strikers rally the Forum, Norwich on the f...

PCS strikers rally the Forum, Norwich on the first day of their strike (Photo credit: Roger Blackwell)

Sending a letter to the Home Office asking them to reinstate Jon Bigger has just got a whole lot easier.  Simply click on the link below and you can help end victimisation of PCS reps in the department in no time at all.

http://action.pcs.org.uk/page/speakout/reinstate-jon-bigger

You can also tweet them (politely please) via @UKhomeoffice

For more information on Jon’s case and why he’s being targeted please see below.

February 26, 2013 1 comment

Civil Service Rank & File Network

This week, there are several actions you can take in support of victimised Home Office reps Jon Bigger and Kevin Smith.

Jon Bigger

Jon is facing redundancy despite assurances that the Home Office would seek to avoid it.  They are still recruiting for roles at his grade and yet insist he must go.  For more information see here.  Please click on the link below to use the standard letter to force answers from the Home Office.

Letter to HO Perm Sec (.doc)

The letter can be printed and sent to the Home Office or emailed as per below:

Mark Sedwill
Permanent Secretary
Home Office
3rd Floor Peel Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

Email address: public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Kevin Smith

Kevin was sacked for standing up to management bullying. For more information see here. From the 1st March to 28th March 2013 staff who work in the Capital Building…

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Victimisation of PCS Rep Jon Bigger – Write to the Home Office Permanent Secretary

February 25, 2013 4 comments

Please support Jon who is facing redundancy despite assurances that the Home Office would seek to avoid it.  They are still recruiting for roles at his grade and yet insist he must go.  For more information see here.  Please click on the link below to use the standard letter to force answers from the Home Office.

Letter to HO Perm Sec

The letter can be printed and sent to the Home Office or emailed as per below:

Mark Sedwill
Permanent Secretary
Home Office
3rd Floor Peel Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

Email address: public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk