24 June 2009
The campaign - which is backed by the national executive committee - aims to end the scandal of scrooge employers paying poverty wages in order to line the pockets of shareholders.
As a result of contracting out, staff such as security guards and cleaners are frequently expected to work for the national minimum wage. This currently stands at £5.80 per hour.
We want employers to pay at least £7.60 per hour - the current London Living Wage minimum rate.
The campaign has the potential to bring hundreds of non-unionised staff in the private sector into PCS as a first step to securing full collective bargaining rights.
By taking the issue of poverty pay head on, this campaign has the potential to ensure that every employee within a workplace - irrespective of who they work for - is a union member.
We want to extend the reach of PCS into as many workplaces as possible. That's why every branch should send a representative to the launch meeting.
Branches will have the opportunity to determine our campaign priorities and how the union can build maximum support for our bargaining and organising objectives.