Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1005/27790

From The Socialist newspaper, 8 August 2018

PCS union: break the pay cap - the fight continues!

PCS members in Bristol demonstrating against the government's pay cap, photo Roger Thomas

PCS members in Bristol demonstrating against the government's pay cap, photo Roger Thomas   (Click to enlarge)

Katrine Williams, Dave Semple and Marion Lloyd, PCS union national executive members (personal capacity)

The PCS pay strike ballot result, despite not reaching the threshold, represents a significant achievement - getting 50,726 members to vote for strike action (86%).

Thousands of our reps worked tirelessly throughout the whole ballot period. We have extended our influence into new workplaces.

It is crucial that we do not lose this momentum and use it to organise group action on pay, to stop other attacks on terms and conditions and continue to build the pay campaign for the rest of 2018 and to prepare for 2019.

Next steps

The national executive committee (NEC), at its meeting on 24 July, agreed a number of actions to take the pay campaign forward. This included:

Socialist Party members on the NEC argued for a sense of urgency when it came to maintaining the momentum created during the pay ballot campaign and that it is crucial to fully consult union activists.

We must draw on their experience to work out why we didn't reach the ballot threshold, what we need to do to rectify that, and to decide on next steps.

We argued for an early special delegate conference in the autumn to take stock and determine the way forward.

Counterposed to our proposal and agreed by the NEC was an event planned for the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019.

Socialist Party PCS members are concerned that this is too late and means the NEC and senior full-time officers will make decisions without fully consulting reps and members who are responsible for delivering the ballot turnout in our workplaces.

We are concerned that if a special conference is not organised as soon as is practically possible, the pay campaign will be stalled until several months into the new year and momentum will be lost in preparing for the 2019 pay campaign.

This is especially urgent as government departments are planning to use the "flexibilities" on pay to attack terms and conditions in 2019 as they are attempting to do in Ministry of Justice.

This reinforces the need for the national union to work closely with groups to fight for our pay demands and counter this latest divide-and-rule tactic.

The main pay motion (A283) agreed at this year's conference has been overtaken by events. We need to update our mandate and believe a special delegate conference is the best way of doing this.

Socialist Party NEC members will continue to argue for the need to bring our key activists in branches together as soon as possible and for lay democracy when it comes to evaluating the recent ballot and decisions about next steps for our union and the national pay campaign.

The fight goes on

We say:

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


In The Socialist 8 August 2018:


What we think

Corbyn must end false unity with Labour's right


Socialist Party news and analysis

Birmingham home carers strike

Northants Council in total collapse: for a citizens' assembly to draw up a 'needs budget'

Rents soar 60% faster than pay - while spivs plan luxury homes on Green Belt

Tax-dodging tech bosses make billons ... while 6m workers fear the scrapheap

No to Tory plans for radioactive waste under national parks

Them & us


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

The fight against Labour's Blairites and TUSC's role now


Workplace news and analysis

NHS workers angry at reality of mis-sold 'pay rise'

Government fails to deliver on funding and teachers' pay - demand action to win 5%

PCS union: break the pay cap - the fight continues!

Kirklees bin workers' strike forces management back

Ministry of Justice workers angry at barrage of attacks

Take on probation privatisation with union action

Bournemouth train guards' RMT strike

London cleaners' coordinated strike


International socialist news and analysis

Israel - Protest rally against the Nationality Law

Deadly fires ravage Greece: austerity contributed to high loss of life and property

Striking Portuguese dockers show the way forward


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

A mass campaign and trade union organisation can defeat the far-right FLA

Protests win temporary halt to refugee evictions in Glasgow

Why I joined: "I saw the need for Corbyn to stand against the right"

Shropshire NHS - fight the cuts to our services!

Tolpuddle festival: combative trade unionism and anticipation of general election

Trade unions mobilise against EDL in Worcester


Opinion

A must-read for anyone fighting NHS cuts

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 8 August 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

PCS:

trianglePCS: the real issues at stake - a reply to Socialist View

triangleNSSN rally: militant trade unionists share ideas to win for workers

trianglePCS members in Land Registry demand 6% pay rise

triangleDWP: PCS union builds fightback on pay

trianglePCS union: build the fight for a pay rise and against austerity - re-elect Chris Baugh

Pay:

triangleWorkers' action wins Amazon pay rise

triangleStrike raises pay at Liverpool airport

triangleNHS pay discrimination - militant union action can achieve fair pay for all

triangleCatering and courier workers strike together

Civil Service:

trianglePay campaign: Important discussions needed on way forward

trianglePCS: the real issues at stake

triangleMinistry of Justice workers angry at barrage of attacks

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/10/18

Haringey

'Corbyn-council' faces a choice: Implement or fight the cuts

12/10/18

Film

Peterloo film exposes bloody nature of capitalism

12/10/18

Universal Credit

New anti-poll tax type revolt needed today

10/10/18

Fighting Fund

Finance - a crucial component of socialist campaigns

10/10/18

Huddersfield

Save Huddersfield Royal Infirmary - the fight goes on

10/10/18

Leicester

Leicestershire: stop the cuts to our hospital services

10/10/18

Liverpool

Strike raises pay at Liverpool airport

10/10/18

Palestine

Palestinian solidarity: "We are not victims. We are freedom fighters."

10/10/18

Liverpool

Liverpool 47 plaque: "Better to break the law, than break the poor"

10/10/18

South Western Railway

South Western rail guards hit 18 strike days

10/10/18

Eastleigh

Cable makers strike against real-terms pay cut

10/10/18

Southwark

Another first: pub strike victory in south London!

10/10/18

Strike

First coordinated catering and courier strike whets workers' appetite for action

10/10/18

UCU

We need democratic, rank-and-file leadership to win national UCU disputes

10/10/18

Glasgow

8,000 Glasgow workers plan historic mass strike

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999