Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) is one of the largest trade unions in the UK with around 235,000 members. PCS members are organised throughout the civil service and government agencies, making us the UK’s largest civil service trade union. We also organise widely in the private sector, usually in areas that have been privatised.

PCS is developing a lifelong learning culture among its membership and recognises that union learning is important to members, to ensure they have the opportunity to update their skills, develop personally and fulfil their potential. As a result of receiving significant funding from the union learning fund (ULF) in England, Scotland and Wales, PCS has been able to train, develop and support a network of ULRs in each region.

ULRs are a major resource in helping to encourage lifelong learning at work and have given Information, Advice and Guidance to thousands of members. Our ULRs have also managed to secure funding for fully funded NVQs, from Level 2 Customer Service to Leadership & Management at Level 5.

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Northern TUC recognises regional ULRs

The important role of Union Learning Reps was recognised at the Northern TUC Conference in Newcastle this April with two awards being presented to reps as part of the regions TUC 150 celebrations. The awards went to Jane Yugire from UNISON and Karen Scrowther from PCS and were presented by TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and Northern TUC...
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PCS members mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Bristol

PCS members in Bristol were involved in organising Holocaust Memorial Day events in Temple Quay House - a government office, housing the Planning Inspectorate, HMRC, Highways Agency, ACAS, Legal Aid Agency and CPS. Union Learning Reps (ULRs) at the offices organised a number of activities including a week-long symbolic art exhibition that was open...

PCS Reps support staff health and well-being at Liverpool HMRC

Seven reps from the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) who work at HMRC have recently undertaken training, funded by the TUC, to support ‘Know your Numbers’, an awareness campaign on Blood Pressure (BP) testing and preventative care. These include the Union Learning Rep (ULR) lead, Shaun...

PCS and FBU sign North West learning agreement

Good news for PCS members looking to learn in the North West of England as the union last week signed an agreement with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) allowing members to access their distance learning courses without course fees. PCS learning and education officer Keith Johnston , who signed the agreement with FBU project support organiser Alan...