Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/765/16680

From The Socialist newspaper, 15 May 2013

PCS conference 20-23 May

Campaigning works: Action gets results

John McInally, National vice-president Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), personal capacity
PCS strike on budget day, 20 March 2013 with NSSN 24 hour general strike placard , photo Paul Mattsson

PCS strike on budget day, 20 March 2013 with NSSN 24 hour general strike placard , photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

The re-election of the Democracy Alliance national executive committee is a real blow to the government's attempt to break PCS members' resolve.

The re-election of a fighting left leadership is a mandate to continue with the strategy of industrial action of varying duration and timing which is causing disruption and real concern among management. It is also an endorsement of the union's campaign against austerity.

The alternative promoted by PCS is now widely supported and is gaining further endorsement throughout the trade union movement and beyond.

Austerity isn't working, except of course for the tiny ruling elite who are enriching themselves at the expense of the vast majority in society.

The millionaire Coalition cabinet hate PCS, mainly because we have exposed the great lie that there is no alternative to austerity.

Rather than setting out a clear alternative, Labour is campaigning with an austerity-lite programme. This could mean another inconclusive general election result.

Some are already calling for a coalition with the Liberals, who are now universally despised for their collaboration with austerity.

If the TUC implemented its policy of coordinated joint industrial action against the attacks on pay and pensions we could get rid of this government.

Some union leaders, the worst being the leadership of Unison, are operating a de facto no-strike agreement with Labour leader Miliband in order, they imagine, not to upset Labour's chances of winning the election.

Right-wing union leaders are prepared to see vicious attacks on their members and workers generally, including the full-scale privatisation of the NHS, rather than organise to build action to get rid of this hated government.

Last year, Unison leader Prentis promised a 'Unison spring' when he would break the pay freeze. It's nearing the end of spring and he is nowhere to be seen.

The TUC are organising to bring together those unions prepared to coordinate their disputes. PCS, as always, will be at the forefront of any such initiative.

The PCS strategy is based on building the widest possible alliance in society, in the trade union movement and in our communities to combat the government's austerity policies, including the hated bedroom tax.

The key though is to build joint coordinated strike action across the public and private sectors.

A strike by the teachers in the North West in June may well be followed by more action. PCS will do all it can to coordinate with such initiatives.

Industrial action by PCS in the various departmental groups over the past year has resulted in some significant gains, on issues from staffing increases to protecting workplace nurseries. The lesson is simple - Campaigning works: Action gets results.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 15 May 2013:


Fight the bedroom tax

Axe the killer tax: End the bedroom tax now

Bedroom tax non-implementation


Socialist Party news and analysis

Give us jobs, not Tory lies

Stop the health cuts!

Fat cat tax-dodging: 200 lorry loads of lolly!

Con-Dems' benefit fact fraud

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Japan's 'Abenomics'


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

TUSC builds support in Leicester byelection

Swansea's food bank for students

British government supports murderous Sri Lankan regime

Socialist Party meeting against cuts


Socialist Party workplace news

Gloves off in Mid Yorks hospital battle

Brighton bin workers fight pay cuts - this time from the Greens

Wales TUC: no fight against austerity

Unison leader 'gets it wrong' over action on pay

PCS conference 20-23 May

One Housing

Workplace news in brief


Reader's comment

Letter to the Tories who tell me to 'work hard and strive'


Socialist history

When mass action defeated Thatcher's poll tax

Yeadon Mill strike 1913


 

Home   |   The Socialist 15 May 2013   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

PCS:

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

triangleSocialist Party PCS bulletin: Scrap the pay cap

Austerity:

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

John McInally:

triangleIncreased majority for Democracy Alliance

trianglePCS election: Vote Democracy Alliance

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

12/10/17

Cleaners

Justice for Tube cleaners demo

11/10/17

Royal Mail

CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

11/10/17

Carlisle

Carlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP

11/10/17

Green

Don't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

11/10/17

Fire

No more fire deaths - ensure safety now!

11/10/17

Cardiff

Cardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg

11/10/17

John McDonnell

Manchester rally discussed unionisation and nationalisation

11/10/17

Orgreave

Join the Orgreave Halloween rally

11/10/17

Union

Workplace news in brief

11/10/17

Democratic rights

Who's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

11/10/17

Salford

Salford Unison condemns pay cuts

6/10/17

Northern Ireland

Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

5/10/17

Runcorn

Too much to cross the Mersey

4/10/17

Royal Mail

Set for national strike action

4/10/17

London

Supporting the general strike in Catalonia

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle17 Oct London: TUC lobby & rally; and London march

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

triangle18 Oct Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Capitalism in Crisis - is Corbyn the answer?

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2