PCS believes that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and that any kind of behaviour that undermines these basic rights will not be tolerated.
We are committed to ensuring that all of our members, elected representatives, and staff are able to participate in union events and social activities in an atmosphere that is free from discrimination, bullying, harassment or intimidation.
We also believe that workers in hotels, restaurants, bars and other establishments where PCS events may take place have the same right to be treated with dignity and respect by PCS members, representatives and staff.
We believe that all of us have a responsibility to enable everyone to participate in union activities and events and to enjoy them by treating others with dignity and respect and in particular by:
The role of the contact officer is to work with you, in confidence, to identify the options open to you and to help you to achieve an outcome that you are comfortable with.
This is not an exhaustive list, but some of the options available might include:
Participants at union organised events should be aware that harassment on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation is unlawful and that harassment on these or any other grounds may also be a breach of their employer’s equal opportunities policy under which disciplinary proceedings may be taken.
Complaints of harassment may also lead to disciplinary proceedings being taken under the PCS Rule Book (see below).
In law, PCS cannot subject a member to any detriment or impose any disciplinary penalty without following the disciplinary procedures laid down in the union’s rule book.
These are set out in rule 10 of the PCS rules.
10.1 - Where, on receipt of a complaint from a PCS branch or any individual member, the NEC considers there are grounds for considering whether a member has seriously prejudiced the union's interests, and is not a fit or proper person to remain a member and/or hold union office, it may start action under this Rule.
10.2 - Any complaint against a member under this rule shall be made in writing to the general secretary who shall, having considered if it relates to a matter seriously prejudicial to the union’s interests, refer it to the NEC. The NEC shall require such enquiries to be made, as it considers necessary to establish whether or not a disciplinary offence appears to have been committed. If it considers that there is such a case it may instruct the general secretary to convene a disciplinary committee meeting.
The procedures for the disciplinary committee can be found in the PCS rule book rules 10.3 to 10.8
If the disciplinary committee decides that a member has seriously prejudiced the union’s interests it should report to the NEC in writing giving the reasons.
The NEC may then impose one or more of the following disciplinary penalties:
There is an appeal process against the decision and this is out lined in Rule 10.9 to 10.21 of PCS rules
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