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Left victory in PCS union
THE CIVIL service union PCS national executive committee (NEC) elections have resulted in a resounding victory for the left in the union.
Bill Mullins, Socialist Party industrial organiser
This is the third time in succession that the Left has been returned in a membership-wide ballot. Janice Godrich, the president of the union and a member of the CWI in Scotland, won more than twice as many votes as her nearest rival.
Left Unity, which includes seven Socialist Party/CWI members, has a clear majority on the 35-strong body, including three out of the four vice-presidents.
The union, under the leadership of the Left, has been one of the fastest-growing unions in the TUC.
The membership grew by 30,000 in the last two years, a direct reflection of the leadership's willingness to defend its member's jobs and conditions.
The PCS has put itself at the head of the struggle to unite the public sector in defence of pension rights. The NEC is calling on the unions to continue to stay together after the government was forced to retreat in the face of the planned strike of 1.5 million public sector workers.
What the victory of the Left in the PCS shows is that workers are willing to struggle if they are confident that their leadership will not let them down, as unfortunately is too often the case in many other unions.
In The Socialist 26 May 2005: