Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 5 December 2018

PCS AGS election: Where now after the PCS Left Unity conference?

DVSA strike: PCS assistant general secretary and Socialist Party member Chris Baugh (third right) visits striking driving instructers, photo Tracy Edwards, photo Tracy Edwards

DVSA strike: PCS assistant general secretary and Socialist Party member Chris Baugh (third right) visits striking driving instructers, photo Tracy Edwards, photo Tracy Edwards   (Click to enlarge)

Socialist Party members in PCS

The PCS civil service union's Left Unity conference met on 1 December to discuss the way forward for the left in the union on the many issues facing PCS, particularly next year's pay campaign.

There was also a major discussion about the Left Unity elections, which saw an extremely close result for key positions, including for assistant general secretary.

The elected slate will contest the PCS assistant general secretary and national executive committee elections early next year.

There was a heated debate because initially the votes of three Left Unity geographical groups, who had all voted for Socialist Party member Chris Baugh in the assistant general secretary election, were going to be ruled out because of 'clerical errors'.

This caused a big number of complaints from Left Unity members, in those and other groups.


While conference accepted a proposal from the Left Unity secretary to include the votes of London and Fylde, plus nine of 13 ruled-out postal votes, the votes from the West Midlands - which while known and verified but not received - were still disallowed.

These votes would have meant that Socialist Party member Dave Semple would have retained his Left Unity editor's position.

Chris confirmed at the conference that he accepted the Left Unity result. However, the day after the conference, Janice Godrich withdrew as the assistant general secretary candidate on health grounds. This is very unfortunate and of course we send her our best wishes for her recovery.

Many Left Unity members will now expect that the incumbent assistant general secretary Chris Baugh will be confirmed as Left Unity's candidate.

Chris won 48% of the vote in what was an extremely closely fought election, in which only he and Janice put their names forward.

His selection would allow Left Unity to move forward into the elections and ensure the union is able to best prepare for next year's pay battle.

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

In The Socialist 5 December 2018:

What we think

Corbyn and trade union movement urgently need to fight for a general election to kick out the Tories

International socialist news and analysis

France: mass demonstrations force president to back down

Midwives go on strike in New Zealand

Socialist Party feature

The growth of artificial intelligence technology

Workplace news and analysis

PCS AGS election: Where now after the PCS Left Unity conference?

Blairite Birmingham steps up union-busting and two workforces plan strikes

Victory! Grimethorpe dinner ladies' strike beats job cuts

Victory for left in RMT union president election

WHSmith: hands off our Post Offices!

Bradford College joins #FEfightback strike for decent pay

Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party news and analysis

Austerity: not one more day - Tories out now

Health bosses move goalposts on A&E waiting times: more funds for our NHS now!

Northamptonshire council crisis continues

Arrogant landlords can be beaten

Fatal bus crash - an avoidable tragedy

Racist attack in Huddersfield

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fight Cardiff Council's school cuts

Join the march through Woking against austerity

Fighting NHS and fire services cuts and closures in Merseyside

Socialist Party argues against fire service cuts at Tyne and Wear consultation

Leeds TUC conference to organise fight against austerity

West Midlands Socialist Party women's meeting: our role in changing society

Socialist Students conference date set


Home   |   The Socialist 5 December 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:


trianglePCS: Vote Yes to strike for better pay

trianglePCS union elections: Huge support for Chris Baugh

triangleTories out. Scrap Universal Credit. Fight for living wages and welfare!

triangleMPs boost their own pay

trianglePCS union: help us win the elections and pay campaign


triangleSocialist Party's Sue Atkins wins big support for anti-cuts, socialist policies

triangleMay's government facing endgame

triangleWeak Tories must go. General election now!

triangleBlairite traitor Ian Austin - byelection now!

Socialist Party:

triangleSocialist Party Northern conference: Workers are sick of cuts and have the power to fight back

triangleTorbay & South Devon Socialist Party: What makes a revolutionary party?

Chris Baugh:

triangleLambeth Socialist Party: Socialist change, not climate change!

trianglePCS Left Unity must unite on pay and elections

Civil Service:

triangleFight for a socialist-led PCS - fight to win the national pay campaign

Janice Godrich:

trianglePCS Left Unity assistant general secretary election rerun

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis



Cash-strapped schools now 'fourth emergency service'


Tuition Fees

Top unis threaten cuts if tuition fees


New Zealand

New Zealand mosque terror atrocity



May's government facing endgame



Youth strikes show the way - mass action can oust Tories


Climate change

Only socialist planning can save the planet


Universal Credit

Tories out. Scrap Universal Credit. Fight for living wages and welfare!



Neither Tories or EU - only fighting trade unions and a Corbyn-led government can deliver workers' rights


Them & Us

Them & Us


General election

Weak Tories must go. General election now!



Anger after violent youth deaths - Communities need public services not cuts


Labour Party

No retreats: Corbyn must stand firm against Blairites



A socialist programme to end women's oppression


Them & Us

Them & Us



A&E 4-hour waiting targets scrapped - Save our NHS!

triangleMore News and socialist analysis 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



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777


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



Alphabetical listing

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019