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10 August 2006

DWP: Action gets results

STRIKE ACTION by PCS members in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has brought management to the negotiating table and forced them to make an offer to settle the dispute, writes Jane Aitchison, PCS DWP president, personal capacity.

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27 July 2006

Hope and desperation

Labour Representation conference: THE LABOUR Representation Committee (LRC) held its annual conference on 22 July. It was dominated by Labour MP John McDonnell's announcement that he will be standing for the leadership of the Labour Party, writes Jim Horton.

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15 June 2006

PCS conference a distinctive voice in the British trade union movement

FIVE TIMES-elected trade union president Janice Godrich opened last week's civil service union PCS conference, saying that the union has a distinctive voice in the British trade union movement, writes Bill Mullins.

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8 June 2006

Delegates debate DWP strikes

PCS conference: ON THE second day of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) section of the civil service union PCS conference, delegates wrestled with the crucial question of "where now for the DWP strikes?", writes Bill Mullins.

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8 December 2005

PCS Left Unity conference backs union leadership on pensions

NORMALLY A meeting of a union broad left would be of interest mainly to left activists in that particular union but last Saturday's 150-strong national conference of the PCS broad left (Left Unity) was...

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15 September 2005

New Labour aims to privatise Job Centres

JANICE GODRICH, president of civil service union PCS and Mark Serwotka, the general secretary, called a special press conference at TUC conference to show how far New Labour will go to smash the welfare state...

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20 November 2004

Pensions: "Unity in action" call

HUNDREDS OF people, packed into a TUC-organised rally in defence of pensions on 16 November, heard Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS union openly call for a one-day public sector general strike in the spring...

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30 October 2004

Why We're Going On Strike

Mark Serwotka, PSC General Secretary
ON 5 November, thousands of civil servants in the PCS union will be striking against Blair and Brown's plans to cut over 100,000 jobs and in defence of pensions and sick pay.
Announcing the strike ballot result Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary said...

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25 September 2004

Uniting To Fight New Labour's Cuts

PCS General Secretary speaks to The Socialist PCS CIVIL service trade union members are in the frontline of the Blair government's attacks on public-sector jobs and services, with 104,000 jobs threatened. The union's general secretary, Mark Serwotka, spoke to Ken Smith at the recent TUC conference.

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18 September 2004

Turn Anger Into Action

Cuts in jobs and public services...: "WE HAVE to tell this government that we are fed up with them knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing", Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) general secretary Mark Serwotka told the TUC Conference...

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19 June 2004

PCS Executive Passes First-Year Test

THE 2004 conference of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) was a test of the first year of the Left Unity-led national executive (NEC) by delegates and union activists from across the country...

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13 September 2003

Workers' Anger Begins To Show At TUC

THE DAILY reality of working-class life finally found its way onto the floor of this year's TUC - a body that had become increasingly remote from working class struggles in recent years, writes Ken Smith.

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19 July 2003

Right Wing Booed Out Of PCS Leadership

THE VICTORY of the left and the demise of the right wing in the PCS civil service union has to be one of the most significant developments in the trade union movement in recent years, writes Bill Mullins, Socialist Party industrial organiser.

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7 March 2003

A New Alternative To New Labour?

ON 3 March a meeting entitled "Where is New Labour going?" took place in London. Around 500 attended, predominantly left activists. This meeting marked a significant development in the positions of all

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9 August 2002

Court Confirms Left Victory

FIFTEEN YEARS of the extreme right wing controlling the general secretary position of the PCS civil service union ended dramatically in court 16 of the High Court on 31 July, writes Ken Smith.

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7 June 2002

PCS: Defend Union Democracy

IN THE High Court on 31 May, a judge ruled that the election of Mark Serwotka as general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) was legal and that the union executive's actions to remove him were illegal

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31 May 2002

Right-wing attempt coup in PCS

Reclaim The Union: THE RIGHT-WING of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), the biggest civil service union, are attempting to overturn the result of the general secretary election of 18 months ago and the decisions of the union's recent national conference

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29 March 2002

Public and Commercial Services union elections: Time For Change

JANICE GODRICH, Left Unity candidate for national president of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) spoke to The Socialist about the main issues in the election and why she is standing

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15 December 2000

Right routed in civil service election

MARK SERWOTKA, a Left Unity member standing on an independent socialist ticket, has been elected general secretary of civil service union PCS, writes Kevin Kelly, PCS Land Registry, personal capacity.

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15 December 2000

Elected to fight for members' interests

IT WAS clear that once Reamsbottom had been told that Left Unity were not putting up a candidate he faced the possibility of being beaten by Lanning in a straight fight, writes Bill Mullins.

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