By John Moloney, Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) executive, personal capacity
A joint left/centre electoral slate has won the National Executive elections in the civil service union PCS. On a 14% turnout (down on last year) the slate won 34 seats to the right wing’s nine.
- Organise to fight job cuts
- Vote Pete Keenlyside
- Leighton's Dirty Trick
- Stop bullying
By a PCS member
The Executive election in the civil service union PCS is now entering its final stages. The votes have to be in by noon on the 3 July. Given that the return envelope is second class, the effective last day to vote is 1 July.
The ghost of our former Deputy General Secretary (Postal) John Keggie is still with us. The deal that his successor, Dave Ward, has done on the Tailored Delivery System has all the hallmarks of a classic John Keggie deal - 12,000 job cuts and a "two bob" bonus scheme. Well there's no doubt as to who's being stitched up here. Ward managed to force the deal through CWU Conference (the vote on the job cuts element was carried by just 7,444 votes to 7,394) but getting postalworkers in delivery offices to accept the huge increases in workloads which will come is another matter.
The Postalworker bulletin of 1 July 2003 calls for votes for Pete Keenlyside in the election for Outdoor Secretary of the CWU, and argues the case against Royal Mail's new "Tailored Delivery System" (TDS). Download it here.
By "Postal Worker"
Postal workers have sent a clear message on "partnership" by booting the current Deputy General Secretary of the CWU out of office. Former London Divisional Rep Dave Ward beat Blairite John Keggie by 2,600 votes.
The Keggie result is the latest warning to bureaucrats everywhere of the price of associating oneself with New Labour. Keggie's one-time militant image has been discredited by years of sell-out deals with Royal Mail management. But, whilst he is a better sort of bureaucrat than Keggie, Ward is still capable of negotiating agreements that do not meet the aspirations and potential strength of the membership. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the new deliveries agreement (TDS) to be debated at CWU annual conference.
London postal workers have voted by a margin of 19,803 to 91 for action to win an increase in London weighting. But the problem is that CWU Deputy General Secretary (Postal) John Keggie is trying to play divide and rule by saying that a decent increase for London will mean no increase for the rest of the country. Good reason to kick him out from the position of DGS(p) and replace him with Dave Ward.
Tony Woodley is standing in the T&G General Secretary election with the backing of the union's Broad Left. Solidarity supporters in the union have had criticisms of Woodley, particularly his role in the motor industry, where he was the union's chief negotiator for several years. Nevertheless, Woodley is the only candidate with a proven track record of rank and file trade unionism, and who firmly opposes T&G's slide towards business unionism.
The Postalworker bulletin of 1 May 2003 calls for a vote for Dave Ward (pictured) against John Keggie in the forthcoming election for the Communication Workers' Union's Deputy General Secretary (Postal). Download here as pdf.