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AGM Agenda

The PCS Proud Annual General Meeting will be held on 12 March 2024, at the PCS office in Birmingham.

The Agenda for the meeting can be found by clicking the link below:

AGM 2024 final Agenda SOC report

Guest speakers confirmed:

Mark Serwotka - General Secretary of PCS

Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah - Head of Political Campaigns and Equality

Please direct any enquiries to Proud Secretary, Ste Heyward, on Secretary@pcsproud.org.uk or by emailing Proud@pcs.org.uk

PCS Proud AGM message

Dear PCS Proud members
We are, once again, at that time where you have the ability to shape PCS Proud policy and elect a National Committee.
Whether you want to get involved with PCS Proud as a rep or officer of the National Committee or you would like to submit motions on new campaign initiatives or on issues such as LGBT representation in the union, in our workplaces or in society, or you would like to challenge LGBT phobia, then all you have to do is go to www.pcsproud.org.uk/agm and complete the necessary forms to submit your motions/nominations to our Standing Orders Committee for inclusion on the agenda of our AGM which takes place on 12 March 2024 in the PCS office in Birmingham.
You can also read our Annual Report which myself and other PCS Proud reps have compiled to show you that Proud is a fighting organisation that is ‪#‎ProudTo‬ stand up against LGBT Phobia and continues to highlight the principles called for in our LGBT Charter (www.pcsproud.org.uk/charter).
PCS has to adapt to fight increasing attacks on our members and PCS Proud must too adapt to best represent our members voices in the workplace and beyond.
If you want more information you can contact Proud@pcs.org.uk or call me and leave a voicemail on 07471 195 587.

Yours in solidarity
Steve Heyward - Proud Secretary
‪#‎YourVoiceYourProud‬

Proud resource: Working with Trans people

Sometimes people do not feel confident in dealing with trans issues both inside and outside of the workplace. This 10 point list is intended to provide some very basic advice on how to approach certain situations. If you would like more information or support, you can contact PCS Proud’s Trans Member’s Rep by emailing Proud@pcs.org.uk

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1. Respect a persons’ gender identity. Show this by using the preferred name, title and pronoun whether or not they are present.

2. Try to challenge other people’ inappropriate comments, and remember that disapproving silence can often be just as effective as speaking out.

3. Do not comment on a Trans person’s appearance or “passability” unless they specifically ask for your opinion.

4. Do not confuse Trans with sexual orientation. Trans people can be heterosexual, bisexual, asexual, lesbian or gay.

5. If you are unsure about which pronoun to use, use neutral terms until the Trans person discloses their preference or, if appropriate, ask.

6. If you make a mistake on gender title or pronoun apologise and move on. To make a fuss often just makes the situation worse.

7. Be sensitive about a person’s gender history or Trans status. Do not disclose it to anyone else unless absolutely necessary (and then with the person’s consent).

8. Question your own assumptions. Like everyone else Trans people are unique individuals. Not all have surgery or take hormones. Not all Trans women wear make-up and wear skirts.

9. Learn as much as you can about Trans communities and the needs of Trans people: remember ignorance is the root of most prejudice.

10. Lead by example: if you show acceptance and ease with a person’s affirmed gender, then the Trans person will be at ease, and your colleagues will have a good model to follow.

Working with Trans people poster

Trans Day of Remembrance #TDOR

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Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is observed on 20 November every year. It began in 1999 as the Remembering Our Dead candlelight vigil in San Francisco after the brutal and still unsolved murder of Rita Hester on 28 November 1998.

Since statistics began to be collected in a structured manner, from January 2008 to December 2014, a period of just seven years, more than 1,700 trans murders have taken place. Many of the victims are left unidentifiable because of the brutality of their deaths, and those who can be identified meet no less brutal ends.

To name three from this year alone:

• Diosiany Munoz Robaina (24 year old) was stoned to death in Cuba, on 26 April

• Mercedes Williamson (17 years old) was beaten to death in Alabama, USA, on 10 February 2024

• Ashton O’Hara (25 year old) was stabbed to death then repeatedly run over by a vehicle in Detroit, USA on 14 July.

The sad fact is that in 48 US states it is possible to murder a trans person and then use as an acceptable defence the fact that you suddenly discovered the trans status of the victim and in a fit of shock and rage killed them. This is called the law of sudden revelation and has only recently been repealed in case of LGB-motivated murders. It is a reflection of the way Trans people are still viewed (and not just in the US) that it was not repealed in the case of Trans murders.

Events are held at TDoR but the common feature to most is a reading of those who have lost their lives to Transphobia in the previous 12 months. This reading names the person, where it is known, and the manner of the death. A candle is often lit for each of those lost.

Also remembered are the countless numbers who take their own lives every year as they eventually lose their struggle with gender dysphoria, or succumb to the constant pressure and abuse that just being identified as trans can bring.

This is a very serious and solemn event, akin to holocaust memorial day, for it remembers those who have lost their lives to brutal blind intolerance and ignorance. It is also a time of hope though, that in remembering and highlighting the deaths to the wider community, we can all work together to bring them an end.

Spare a thought for those that lost their lives, join us in fighting for change and raise awareness of Trans issues. The LGBT Charter can provide a good basis for campaigning activity. It is available at www.pcsproud.org.uk/charter.

 

Proud and the strategic review

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Members will know that PCS is undergoing a strategic review. It is important that we understand why this is. It is incredibly important that we take stock from time to time to look at how we work and whether there are areas in which we can become more effective. Secondly, the Government make no secret of the fact that the Civil Service and wider public sector is going to be smaller than we have known for many, many years.

It therefore follows that PCS needs to make sure that members are protected, that inequality and injustice in the workplace is dealt with effectively.

PCS Proud’s National Committee is asking members to read the PCS strategic review consultation document (which can be accessed here) and to provide your views to form the PCS Proud response.

When considering this we would also ask members to consider the following:

  • How do you think the union could change the LGBT seminar/training that’s provided?
  • Would you do anything different in terms of providing people with LGBT training?
  • Is there anything you would do to introduce or change equality in your branch, region, group?
  • Do you think there could be any changes to the way Proud is structured?
  • Are there any questions you would ask the Proud NC?
If you would like to contribute to the Proud NC response then either complete the form below or email Secretary@pcsproud.org.uk.

 

PCS Political Fund

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PCS is asking members to vote in the political fund ballot which will run from 19 October 2023 until 11 November 2023.

Why?

Trade unions must have a political fund to campaign on political issues, this is the law. An alternative to austerity, equal marriage and proper treatment for asylum seekers (issues that PCS PROUD have campaigned on) could be considered political issues.

In order to have and maintain the political fund, there must be a ballot of all of the members every 10 years.

PCS is not asking you to vote on the way in which the political fund is used. As you know, we are a politically independent trade union. Instead we challenge candidates to promote, adhere to and push the PCS pledges that are part of the PCS Make Your Vote Count campaign.

This ballot is purely about having a political fund, not how the fund is used!

You can read more about the importance of this ballot in the Political Fund Booklet.

“As an officer of Proud I have seen motions to our AGM each year that call for us to challenge Government, demand a fair life for LGBT people across the world, take part in the Make Your Vote Count Campaign and more. Without a fund, PCS would not be able to campaign on these important issues.” Says Dorion Griffiths, Proud Organiser for Communications and Campaigns.

The PCS Proud National Committee invite you to vote in favour of the keeping the fund as soon as you receive your ballot paper.

If you have any queries or concerns, you can contact Steve Heyward (Proud Secretary) on Proud@pcs.org.uk

Don’t worry, we will remind you again once the ballot opens.

Steven Heyward Clare Bat Or

Proud Secretary Proud Chair

PCS LGBT Seminar

Members may be aware that PCS as a union is undergoing a strategic review which will look at every aspect of the union’s work both as a union and as an employer. Members will have an opportunity to contribute to the strategic review consultation in the coming weeks as an individual and as part of your branch, group and via equality networks.

Such a review during sustained attacks on us by a Government intent on changing our terms, conditions, pay and pensions for the worse is not only appropriate but absolutely necessary. 

For the time being the National Equality Seminars will not be taking place in 2023. Information behind this decision will hopefully be released in due course. However, if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact Proud Secretary Ste Heyward on Secretary@pcsproud.org.uk