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2 July 2008

Fight Labour's welfare privatisation

JAMES PURNELL, secretary of state for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), has announced that he intends to let private sector companies cherry pick whatever DWP services they wanted to provide, writes Dave Reid.

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2 July 2008

Workers united against pay freeze

AROUND 30 people attended a meeting organised by Cambridge TUC entitled 'Together we can beat Brown's pay freeze'. The speakers were Christine Blower, acting general secretary of the NUT and PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka...

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25 June 2008

PCS union sends letter of solidarity to Unison

As Unison started its annual conference, ahead of the council workers' vote to strike over pay, Mark Serwotka (general secretary of the PCS union) sent the following letter of support and solidarity to Unison's general secretary Dave Prentis, calling for united industrial action.

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3 June 2008

Come to the national shop stewards network conference

Time to fight back, time to organise: Millions of public-sector workers have had their pay frozen when real inflation is rocketing, writes Rob Williams, Unite convenor, Swansea Visteon plant, personal capacity.

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28 May 2008

PCS conference: More battles ahead on pay and jobs

PCS workers on strike, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS workers on strike, photo Paul Mattsson


This year's conference of the civil service union PCS was a resounding success, writes Bill Mullins, Socialist Party industrial organiser.

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14 May 2008

Left wins in PCS executive elections

Left Unity by itself has an overall majority on the national executive - an endorsement of the left's leadership in the face of the government's cuts and privatisation programme, writes Janice Godrich, PCS president, personal capacity.

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25 April 2008

Reports of the 24 April strikes

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16 April 2008

Unison witch-hunt: Defend 'the four'

Onay Kasab, photo Paul Mattsson

Onay Kasab, photo Paul Mattsson


Greenwich Unison branch secretary Onay Kasab is one of four Unison officers currently facing a disciplinary hearing as part of a witch hunt being carried out by the union bureaucracy, writes Susan Wilson.

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16 April 2008

National Shop Stewards Network

South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, London (near Kings Cross/Euston stations), writes Speakers include: Bob Crow RMT, Mark Serwotka PCS, Brian Caton POA, plus shop stewards from disputes around the country..

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9 April 2008

News in brief

CIVIL SERVANTS union PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka has called for trade unionists to pile pressure on the Labour government later this month, writes Rob Rooney.

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11 March 2008

The PCS, the CWU dispute, and the struggle for public sector workers' unity

New Labour's co-ordinated attack on the public sector has not, to date, been met by co-ordinated action by the public sector unions, despite the best efforts of the left-led PCS civil servants union. PCS national executive committee member JOHN MCINALLY replies in a personal capacity to allegations published by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) that the PCS leadership blocked the possibility of public sector unity in the recent CWU postal workers' dispute. This article was first published in Socialism Today March 2008.

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27 February 2008

Building the Campaign for a New Workers' Party

Campaign for a New Workers

Campaign for a New Workers' Party conference 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

Debate: Pete McLaren, national secretary of the Socialist Alliance and press officer of the Campaign for a New Workers Party (CNWP), joins the debate began by PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka in The Socialist newspaper.

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13 February 2008

Prison officers: Fighting for trade union rights

The Prison Officers Association (POA) shocked the government by going on a one-day strike on 29 August 2007...

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6 February 2008

How can an alternative to the main political parties be developed?

Socialism 2007 Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, photo Paul Mattsson

Socialism 2007 Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, photo Paul Mattsson

General secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), Mark Serwotka, has sent the contribution printed below to The Socialist, describing the attacks being made on public-sector workers by the government...

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28 June 2007

National Shop Stewards network: Rank and file getting organised

Bob Crow, General Secretary RMT

Bob Crow, General Secretary RMT

National Shop Stewards network: HUNDREDS OF trade union shop stewards and workplace reps will be attending the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference in London on Saturday 7 July...

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7 June 2007

Come to the Shop Stewards' Network conference

THE FOUNDING conference of the Shop Stewards Network (NSSN), to be held in London on 7 July, is gathering widespread support wherever it is raised....

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24 May 2007

John McDonnell speaks to the socialist

As Mark Serwotka has talked about, there's the bringing together of the spirit of the pensions struggle in 2005. ...

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24 May 2007

PCS: Public-sector unity to defend jobs and services

PCS conference: THIS YEAR'S PCS conference came on the back of a stunning fifth victory in a row for the left in the national executive (NEC) elections....

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4 April 2007

Upbeat London rally

OVER 80 striking Ministry Of Defence and passport office workers joined other PCS members for a very upbeat London rally....

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7 February 2007

Interview with Mark Serwotka: "This is just the beginning of the campaign"

Mark Serwotka HUNDREDS OF thousands of civil and public service union (PCS) members were out in force on strike on 31 January. They were fighting government plans to cut and relocate jobs, worsen working conditions and make below-inflation pay offers while the government is spending billions of pounds on private consultants.

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