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Public and Commercial Services Union
Members 320,000
Country United Kingdom
Affiliation TUC, STUC
Key people Mark Serwotka, general secretary
Janice Godrich, president
Office location London, England

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) is the sixth largest trade union in the United Kingdom. Most of its members work in government departments and other public bodies although some work for private companies.


Membership and organisation

The union was founded in 1998 by the merger of the Public Services, Tax and Commerce Union (which mostly represented the executive 'managerial' grades of the Civil Service) and the Civil and Public Services Association (mostly representing the administrative grades).

The union has over 320,000 members and is the largest trade union representing civil servants in the UK. Its current general secretary is Mark Serwotka.

PCS is organised into groups that deal with different bargaining units such as Revenue and Customs, Department for Work and Pensions and Law and Justice.

Strikes involving PCS members

PCS members on strike

In November 2004, PCS workers across government departments undertook a one-day strike in protest against government plans to cut the Civil Service by 20%. This action was followed by further one-day strikes on 31 January and 1 May 2007.

On March 8 2010, 270,000 civil servants began a 48 hour strike, over government changes to redundancy payments.[1]

Equality Networks

PCS has a network for young members (aged 27 and under).

PCS has a network for LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans) members.

PCS has a network for associate and retired members.

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