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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 April 2014

Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) elections

PCS strike on budget day, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS strike on budget day, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

John McInally PCS vice-president personal capacity

The ballot for the PCS President and National Executive Committee (NEC) elections opens on 16 April and closes on 8 May. At stake is the leadership of one of Britain's most important unions.

The ballot of the PCS' 270,000-strong membership is significant not just because of the union's size and the importance of the jobs of its members.

But because the left-led PCS is recognised as one of the most consistent and outspoken critics of the government's austerity programme and a leading organiser of opposition and action against government attacks.

Under the leadership of the Democracy Alliance - an alliance between Left Unity, in which Socialist Party members have played a key role, and the PCS Democrats - PCS has been transformed into a fighting, campaigning and democratic union. The Democracy Alliance candidates seek re-election based on their record in office, on a programme of:

The policies pursued by the leadership are agreed by the PCS annual conference. At every stage the PCS leadership has sought and received a democratic mandate for its actions.

PCS's stand against the government's austerity programme received overwhelming support of the membership in a recent consultation exercise covering over 80% of PCS branches.

PCS activists and members are absolutely convinced that joint coordinated industrial action is the best way to win on common issues like pay and pensions and the union will continue campaigning to make this strategy a reality.

The government has launched a series of unparalleled and vindictive attacks on the union. Withdrawal of facility time from union representatives and the threatened withdrawal of "check-off" ie deduction of union subs from salary, an internationally recognised trade union right, are just two examples of the vicious anti-union campaign being waged against PCS.

These attacks will not stop the PCS leadership from doing what is necessary to protect and defend its members' interests and from more generally championing the interests of working people.

Nor will PCS be silenced or lulled into inactivity by the proposition that we should lie low and wait for a Labour government, a government that would be committed to the coalition's spending plans, ongoing austerity and further cuts and privatisation.

The current NEC will be challenged by right-wing candidates of the old discredited 'Moderate' grouping rebranded as '4themembers'.

They believe there is no alternative to the cuts and that the union should do nothing but accept the attacks on terms and conditions.

The right-wing candidate in the recent assistant general secretary election did not even achieve support of the minimum number of branches to get on the ballot paper, perhaps not surprising as she had claimed austerity is the "only show in town".

The right wing spend more time attacking their own union than the employer and the government would see it as a green light to step up their attacks even further if they were elected.

In order to meet the many challenges faced by PCS members by a government intent on further cuts and privatisations it is vital to re-elect a strong, dedicated, determined left leadership to defend jobs, conditions and services.

Democracy Alliance slate


Janice Godrich DWP

Vice President

Sue Bond EHRC

Paula Brown HSE

Kevin Mc Hugh R&C

John McInally DWP


Ian Albert DWP

Mark Baker DCLG

Clive Bryant R&C

Alan Dennis MOD

Mike Derbyshire MOJ

Richard Douglas NAO

Lawrence Dunne HO

Mary Ferguson DWP

Helen Flanagan DWP

Cheryl Gedling Scot Exec

Jackie Green MOJ

Sam Hall DWP

Elenor Haven Land Registry

Fran Heathcote DWP

Declan Hickey MOJ

Zita Holbourne ACAS

John Jamieson Rofs

Adam Khalif DWP

Mark Leopard R&C

Neil License R&C

Marion Lloyd BIS

Domonic McFadden R&C

Lorna Merry R&C

Chris Morrison Com S

Marianne Owens R&C

Clara Paillard CMSOA

Ian Pope DWP

Karen Watts MOJ

Hector Wesley R&C

Paul Williams DfT

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Them & Us

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Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) elections

Build on the fighting militant traditions of the RMT

Probation workers unite to fight off no-justice vultures

Visteon: Ford makes offer

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Homes and Communities Agency strike

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition progress update

Doncaster: March commemorates miners' strike

Save Leicester Race Equality Centre

Obituary: Pat James 1930 - 2014

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