PCS

Unions start to fight back

Published on: Wed, 26/06/2002 - 13:48

Solidarity 3/9 - 25th June 2002
Council workers, firefighters, tube workers, train conductors, lecturers, air traffic controllers...
Unions start to fight back
Link the struggles!


Firefighters demonstrate. London local government workers, members of UNISON, strike for two days, and British Museum workers and South Bank University lecturers for one day each. The Tube union RMT prepares to ballot for renewed strike action about privatisation, and local government workers across the country - TGWU and GMB as well as UNISON - ballot for action in a national pay dispute distinct from the London

Defeated Gen Sec rival backs Serwotka campaign

Published on: Thu, 20/06/2002 - 01:47

Hugh Lanning, the candidate defeated by Mark Serwotka for General Secretary of the civil servants' union PCS, spoke at a public rally in London on 19 June to support Mark against the "coup" which aims to stop him taking office.
Outgoing General Secretary Barry Reamsbottom and his right-wing allies on the union's National Executive have declared, on the basis of "legal advice", that the election which Mark Serwotka won should never have happened!
Although Reamsbottom has never been elected to anything in PCS; although both PCS conference and a ballot of PCS members voted to run General

Cross-union appeal against PCS "coup"

Published on: Wed, 19/06/2002 - 10:18

From a leaflet published by the Socialist Alliance
Mark Serwotka was active and well-known as a socialist, both within his union and in broader fields, for many years before he was elected General Secretary. There was and is no secret about it. PCS members voted for him knowing who he is and what he stands for.
Their vote was part of a growing trend for trade unionism to revive after many hard years. Several other unions have elected leaders seen as standing for more vigorous trade unionism - Bob Crowe in the RMT, Mick Rix in ASLEF, Billy Hayes in the CWU, Paul Mackney in NATFHE, Tony Woodley

Against the PCS "coup": Democratise the union!

Published on: Tue, 18/06/2002 - 11:12

A Solidarity/ Workers' Liberty leaflet

Against the PCS "coup": break the power of the "Moderates"! Democratise the union!

o Uphold the elected General Secretary and President
o Demand a recall conference
o Press for re-run National Executive elections
o Don't rely on the courts - mobilise the membership. If the courts back Reamsbottom, demand a fresh General Secretary election.

CLEAR BATTLE lines have been drawn in the PCS civil servants' union. Unelected General Secretary Barry Reamsbottom and his allies have staged a "coup" by declaring that the election for a new General Secretary won by

Who are the 'Moderates'?

Published on: Sat, 08/06/2002 - 17:09

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.

In the fifties, a grouping called the Association of Catholic Trade Unionists was instrumental in ousting Communists from what was then the Civil Service Clerical

PCS coup set back by the courts

Published on: Thu, 06/06/2002 - 09:46

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.
High Court 31st May 2002

Setbacks for the coup plotters

A full hearing has been scheduled for 15th July. Mark and Janice have been advised that they have a very strong case. They expect to win.

In the meantime, the Court will not of course take a decision about the

An appeal to PCS members

Published on: Mon, 27/05/2002 - 15:08

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

The PCS Union is being hijacked

Published on: Mon, 27/05/2002 - 15:05

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

Union members organise to resist "coup"

Published on: Sun, 26/05/2002 - 13:08

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.
There is a strong mood amongst activists for a broad-based campaign to defend PCS democracy. The PCS President Janice Godrich, and the General Secretary elect

Awaiting Tories?

Published on: Sun, 28/04/2002 - 23:50

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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