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The Socialist 12 May 2009

Fight all job cuts

Fight all job cuts


MPs live it up at our expense !


Sweep away the thieves and their system


Renationalise the railways

Sri Lanka's killing zone

Corus jobs slaughter - fight the closure

News in brief


Linamar sack Swansea trade union leader

A victory at Linamar would be a victory for all workers

Visteon workers discuss socialism


No2EU - Yes to Democracy campaign news

No to the EU gravy train


Youth Fight for Jobs Launch conference


Gaza: the nightmare continues

Imperialism sucked deeper into Afghan quagmire


Defending jobs and conditions at the Olympics site

Defending jobs and conditions at Fiddlers Ferry

Wales TUC: For trade union democracy and for trade union rights!

Socialist methods tested

Workplace news in brief

PCS conference: A fighting union that defends its members

NSSN - fight the bosses' offensive

NSSN Conference: Saturday 27 June


Defeating the poll tax


Save our schools Weston Favell, Northampton

Lewisham Bridge primary school

Threat of academies

 
 

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PCS conference: A fighting union that defends its members

THE LEFT-led Democracy Alliance in the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) has been re-elected for the seventh year in succession. Five-yearly elections for the deputy general secretary and assistant general secretary posts also saw Alliance supporters Hugh Lanning and Chris Baugh re-elected.

Janice Godrich, national president PCS

This election victory is a testament to the hard work of activists and a leadership that has won concessions in very difficult political and economic circumstances. Under decades of right-wing 'leadership', civil servants were seen as an easy touch.

We have changed all that and transformed PCS into a campaigning, democratic union that is a beacon to workers in Britain and internationally. Members trust our leadership because we listen and stand by them, providing strong, effective leadership.

We reject the idea that working people should pay the price of a recession they did not create by accepting attacks on wages, conditions and services. PCS conference, which takes place next week, will debate our response to the government's budget statement that sets out the insane "strategy" of trying to tackle the recession by implementing more cuts - 15 billion-worth - and more privatisation.

Labour has learned nothing from the collapse of the banking system and remains committed to the failed neo-liberal ideology that has resulted in the worst recession since the 1930s.

Defending jobs, pay, conditions and services must be our top priority. We must build our campaign against these cuts but also set out our alternative, including a major expansion of the public sector. We must also step up our efforts to build public-sector unity, including building links with other unions at all levels and in every city, town and community.

Our right-wing opponents offer nothing but division, despair and defeatism. The witch-hunting, red-baiting poison in their recent electoral addresses is a warning they intend ruthlessly exploiting the difficult period we are in to return our union to the days when right-wing leaders ran the union as a business in the interests of the government.

They spent all their energies attacking activists and branches while collaborating with the employer to attack members' conditions and interests.

We will keep building a campaigning, democratic union that defends members - a union they can be proud of.

  • For detailed election results see: www.pcs.org.uk/en/ news_and_events/elections_and_ballots/

  • In this issue

    Fight all job cuts


    Thieving MPs

    MPs live it up at our expense !


    Socialist Party editorial

    Sweep away the thieves and their system


    Socialist Party news and analysis

    Renationalise the railways

    Sri Lanka's killing zone

    Corus jobs slaughter - fight the closure

    News in brief


    Linamar and Visteon

    Linamar sack Swansea trade union leader

    A victory at Linamar would be a victory for all workers

    Visteon workers discuss socialism


    Socialist Party election campaign

    No2EU - Yes to Democracy campaign news

    No to the EU gravy train


    Youth fight for jobs

    Youth Fight for Jobs Launch conference


    International socialist news and analysis

    Gaza: the nightmare continues

    Imperialism sucked deeper into Afghan quagmire


    Socialist Party workplace news

    Defending jobs and conditions at the Olympics site

    Defending jobs and conditions at Fiddlers Ferry

    Wales TUC: For trade union democracy and for trade union rights!

    Socialist methods tested

    Workplace news in brief

    PCS conference: A fighting union that defends its members

    NSSN - fight the bosses' offensive

    NSSN Conference: Saturday 27 June


    Marxist analysis: history

    Defeating the poll tax


    Education

    Save our schools Weston Favell, Northampton

    Lewisham Bridge primary school

    Threat of academies


     

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