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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 December 2018

Select Chris Baugh as Left Unity AGS candidate

Chris Baugh out supporting PCS members on strike

Chris Baugh out supporting PCS members on strike   (Click to enlarge)

Chris4AGS campaign statement

PCS Left Unity members will be saddened to hear that Janice Godrich is suffering ill health, and therefore not able to accept the Left Unity nomination for assistant general secretary (AGS) of the civil servants' union.

Everyone in the Chris4AGS campaign wishes her a speedy recovery.

Janice's decision not to accept the Left Unity nomination for AGS was announced the day after the national Left Unity conference which took place on 1 December.

A new Left Unity national committee was elected at that conference. The Left Unity secretary sent out an email to Left Unity members saying that, as a result, the matter would be referred to the national Left Unity committee.

Close vote

Most trade unionists would assume that, given the closeness of the vote and the fact that no other candidate was put forward, incumbent AGS and Socialist Party member Chris Baugh would automatically be announced as the Left Unity candidate for AGS. But it seems not.

Since the announcement on 2 December, many Left Unity members have written in to the national secretary, Gordon Rowntree, expressing confusion as to why this hasn't happened already, so that we can get on with uniting around our candidates. The official PCS nomination process for positions opens on 17 January.

No further communication has gone out from the newly elected national Left Unity committee on this important issue - who will be the left's candidate to lead our union in the AGS position?

An article in the Socialist Worker newspaper, a key supporter of Janice's Socialist View faction, has stated: "Discussions among supporters of Godrich's campaign were ongoing as Socialist Worker went to press".

PCS Left Unity was set up as a democratic organisation working with broad layers of socialists to agree common aims to build a fighting union. Socialist View supporters have a right to their opinion but this should be expressed through Left Unity and the Left Unity national committee.

We support the call for an early Left Unity national committee to confirm Chris as the Left Unity candidate for AGS and for an end to divisive attempts to block the left's most credible candidate for the position.

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In The Socialist 12 December 2018:


What we think

Tory chaos reaches fever pitch


News

National Union of Students faces bankruptcy

Tories' NHS cash insult - mass action can save our NHS

Cuts and NHS crisis result in 'excess' elderly deaths

Corbyn supporter wins Welsh Labour leadership

Worldwide threat to journalists at worst for ten years

Interserve debts

Universal Credit Christmas misery


Workplace news

Tommy Robinson's rich backers

Strike action saves jobs at Cammell Laird shipyard

Select Chris Baugh as Left Unity AGS candidate

Spontaneous hull walkouts stick two fingers up at Tory anti-trade union laws

Hull council workers fight to protect sick pay

Veolia waste workers vote for action in Cheshire

Workplace news in brief


France

France in revolt


John Maclean

John Maclean - revolutionary fighter of the working class


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Women's Lives Matter national meeting - a determination to fight cuts to domestic violence services

'Stansted 15' - outrageous guilty verdict

Socialist Students LJMU victory

Jobs and homes not racism - kick the Tories out!

Give us a bumper Christmas cash boost!


TUSC

New twist in Derby TUSC election agent case


Obituary

Obituary - Beth Roper (1990-2018) - comrade, friend and fighter


Christmas Quiz

The Socialist quiz of 2018


 

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