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Saturday, 28 November 2015

NATS sell-off a security risk

PCS has grave concerns over the security of our skies as the chancellor, in the spending review, resurrected plans to sell off the government's share in the National Air Traffic Service.

Recent speculation over the sell-off of NATS, the UK's main air navigation service provider, became a reality when George Osborne announced that the government is going to explore the sale of its 49% shareholding in NATS in his autumn statement and spending review on Wednesday.

In 2011, the debate over such controversial plans was eventually shut down following outcry at the prospect of the UK losing control of its own airspace, potentially to an overseas owner. Both PCS and our sister union Prospect argued that a full sale would lead to greater instability with an increased emphasis on profit and short term dividends coming into conflict with NATS safety and other duties.

PCS NATS section president Jacqui Nicholls said: "If ever there was a case against the privatisation of a vital public service, it is NATS.

"Running control of the airspace for profit is a very big threat to safety and security. PCS’ NATS section will now be looking to meet in early January to relaunch our campaign to stop the sale of our skies."

From the PCS website.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Don't Bomb Syria - petition & demo

Lobby your MP to vote against UK military action in Syria. Click here.

Union action updates

  • MOD: nearly 1 in 3 civilian staff to lose jobs under defence review - more info.
  • HMRC: sign the petition to oppose HMRC office closures - more info.
  • HMRC Bootle: have a look at the Bootle HMRC Facebook page.
  • Land Registry: Government trying to sell it off again - more info and petition.
  • DVSA: driving examiners strike to escalate - more info.
  • Hovis closure: statement by BFAWU (Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union).
  • NHS: provisional dates for junior doctors' strikes are Tue 1 Dec & Wed 16 Dec.

Members benefits news

The PCS free legal helpline

The PCS free legal helpline gives you immediate access to legal advice from one of the UK’s largest law firms, Slater and Gordon.

With more than 90 years’ experience, the firm’s reputation is built on the range of expertise offered by its partners and staff and its mission is to give people, including PCS members, easier access to world class legal services. What advice is available?
  • Family law 
  • Consumer law
  • Criminal law 
  • Probate matters 
  • Neighbour disputes 
  • Other legal matters (apart from employment or personal injury). 
Who can use this service? PCS members, their spouse, partner and dependent children. CALL 0800 916 9066 (service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year).


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Monday, 9 November 2015

Celebrating resilience

An exhibition organised by PCS National Gallery strikers
One year on from our last exhibition, and after 111 days of strike action, PCS National Gallery strikers have organised a new exhibition with the theme RESILIENCE. The exhibition at PCS HQ Clapham will feature work by PCS members responding to the strike, as well as pieces by campaign supporters, plus art works, banners and posters made during the strike.

Exhibition opens: Wednesday 11th November at 6.30pm in PCS HQ Clapham. Join us for an evening to celebrate our successes and our resilience

Event details on Facebook - click here.

Exhibition opening times: 12th to 22nd November, on Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.

Venue: PCS HQ Clapham, 160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2LN.

Directions: the PCS office is next to Clapham Junction station reached by trains every few minutes from Waterloo and Victoria.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Political Fund Ballot

ARMS members: it's nearly the deadline. Make sure you return your vote. For more info, click here.