PCS

Public & Commercial Services Union - trade union for civil servants

Who are the 'Moderates'?

from Solidarity - Vol. 3 No. 8 - 31 May 2002

The National Moderate Group, the faction which organised the coup in PCS, comes from the CPSA (Civil and Public Services' Association), one of the unions which merged to form the PCS. It was formally launched in 1976, but had a stranglehold on the CPSA from the 1960s.

The Moderates have never had a large active membership. Their funding and politics have been shrouded in mystery.

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PCS coup set back by the courts

From PCS Left Unity.

Legal action case opened on 31 May with a High Court directions hearing. The outcome represents a series of setbacks for Reamsbottom and his backers.

 Firstly it has been decided that Janice Godrich is acting on behalf of PCS. Reamsbottom had presented the situation as an attack on the Union by Janice and Mark.

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An appeal to PCS members

Your Union Is Being Hijacked!

Well over a year ago members voted for Mark Serwotka to be the new General Secretary of the Union. Following that election there began an extended handover of work between the outgoing General secretary, Barry Reamsbottom and Mark. That handover was meant to be completed on the 1 June when Mark would take up all of the duties of the General Secretary.

Barry Reamsbottom had agreed these arrangements; indeed he signed a contract and agreed to leave on the 1 June in return for a £120,000 pay off!!

Now in an amazing turn round, just days before having to leave, the right wing on the National Executive Committee (NEC - the governing body of the Union) have said that Mark will not be the General Secretary and that Barry Reamsbottom can stay on to 1 April 2004.

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The PCS Union is being hijacked

Over a year ago members voted for Mark Serwotka to be the new General Secretary of the Union. Following that election there began an extended handover of work between the outgoing General secretary, Barry Reamsbottom and Mark. That handover was meant to be completed on the 1 June when Mark would take up all of the duties of the General Secretary. Barry Reamsbottom had agreed these arrangements; indeed he signed a contract and agreed to leave on the 1 June in return for a £120,000 pay off!!

Now in an amazing turn round, just days before having to leave, the right wing grouping (called the Moderates) on the newly elected National Executive Committee have said that Mark will not be the General Secretary and that Barry Reamsbottom can stay on to 1 April 2004.

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Union members organise to resist "coup"

From Alan Runswick of PCS Left Unity:

There has been a huge wave of opposition to the attempt to remove the elected President and General Secretary of PCS. Many Branches have already issued leaflets and emails to their members. Activists are organising membership meetings. PCS Headquarters has been deluged with protests. PCS members from across the political spectrum are outraged by the events of 23rd May. The coup plotters are isolated.

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Awaiting Tories?

On 19 November the PCS civil service union launched a parliamentary group, chaired by left Labour MP John McDonnell.

The move into politics is good. But with problems. The PCS's lack of a political fund creates procedural difficulties. It cannot, however, justify the union publicly and specifically seeking collaboration with Tory MPs.

According to the official union announcement: "The Group will have vice-chairs from each of the four political parties… The Conservative and Lib Dem vice-chair nominees are awaited".

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Support the rail, post, and benefits strikes!

With rail strikes crippling train services in the south-east and set to spread, a strike brewing in Consignia (the new name for the postal service) and national strikes by benefits workers, people have been talking about a new "winter of discontent".

The name "winter of discontent" refers to strikes in 1978/9 against the last Labour government (1974-79). Elected after an incredible wave of working class militancy brought down Ted Heath's Tories, the Wilson-Callaghan government failed to deliver for workers.

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