Equalise civil service pay!

Published on: Wed, 17/04/2019 - 09:30

John Moloney

John Moloney is standing for the Assistant General Secretary position in the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), as part of an Independent Left slate for the union's National Executive Committee. He spoke to Solidarity about his election campaign, and PCS's current ballot for industrial action over pay in the civil service.

The union's headline demand is for a 10% pay increase. That has been variously interpreted as a demand for a 10% increase to the overall civil service pay budget, or a 10% increase per worker. The Independent Left argues that the union should foreground the demand

Crisis in the CWI

Published on: Wed, 03/04/2019 - 11:00

Micheál MacEoin

A crisis in the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI), the international network associated with the Socialist Party of England and Wales (SP), has broken into the open. Several members’ bulletins have been “leaked” and a document from a majority of the International Secretariat (IS) of the CWI, led by SP general secretary Peter Taaffe, declaring a faction.

An obscure incident in the Irish group (obscure to this writer) appears to have levered much wider political tensions to the surface. Disagreements cover women’s liberation, LGBT rights, trade unions, the national question, and

Industrial news in brief

Published on: Wed, 27/03/2019 - 06:57

Ollie Moore

The next Workers’ Liberty London forum will feature John Moloney, a candidate for Assistant General Secretary of the civil service union PCS.

PCS leaders claim that theirs is “the fighting union”. John will argue that rank-and-file democracy, officials on a worker’s wage, and a fight to level up to national pay rates, are needed to move from “fighting” talk to effective reality.

Friday 12 April, 7 p.m.. Room 828, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Outsourced rail workers to strike

Two groups of outsourced workers on London Overground will strike on 2 April and 4-6 April.

Industrial news in brief

Published on: Wed, 27/02/2019 - 09:09

David Pendletone

Outsourced workers from four trade unions united for a day of action on Tuesday 26 February. Members of the IWGB at University of London, UVW at the Ministry of Justice, and PCS at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy all struck to demand better pay and conditions, and direct employment.

RMT London Transport Regional Council, which organises outsourced workers on London Underground, also supported the demonstration.

Guards' jobs: nail down the deal!

The breakthrough in the big railworkers’ dispute to save train guards’ jobs is a cause for celebration, but some caution

Industrial news in brief

Published on: Wed, 13/02/2019 - 11:23

A joint union day of action against outsourcing has been called for Tuesday 26 February, 8 a.m. to noon in London. It is sponsored by the IWGB (Independent Workers of Great Britain, a small new union focused on precarious workers), United Voices of the World (UVW, an organisation similar to IWGB), the BEIS Branch of the PCS civil service union, and the Bakerloo and Finsbury Park branches of the rail union RMT.

The demonstration will coincide with the day the IWGB is facing the government and the University of London in a landmark legal case. If successful, the case could open the door for the

PCS election: back John Moloney!

Published on: Tue, 12/02/2019 - 18:15

a PCS activist

As reported in Solidarity earlier this year there are likely to be three candidates in total vying to be the next Assistant General Secretary of PCS following incumbent Chris Baughs’ victory over senior union employee Stella Dennis for the nomination of the leadership faction, Left Unity.

Baugh’s victory has led to a bit of a fallout in the leadership camp. Strongly opposed by Mark Serwotka and the ‘grandees’ of the union’s leadership, including the acting President and majority of Vice-Presidents on the grounds of ‘conservatism, ‘defeatism’ and ‘opposition to union and Left Unity policy’ it

Universal Credit workers to strike

Published on: Tue, 12/02/2019 - 18:13

Gerry Bates and Rosalind Robson

Universal Credit Service Centre workers in PCS at the Walsall and Wolverhampton offices are the first to ballot for strike action over staffing levels and capacity within the Universal Credit operations in DWP.

Members have long standing grievances with DWP bosses over a horrific lack of staff (their demand is for at least 5000 new staff to cope with the workload), a reduction in the amount of calls per day each worker is expected to handle and an end to the draconian target driven culture in offices.

While the employer has finally accepted that staffing levels are too low and announced extra

PCS Members: Vote yes to strike action on pay!

Published on: Tue, 12/02/2019 - 17:54

Mike Chester

The PCS NEC has agreed to hold a re-ballot of civil service members this March. The ballot will run from the 18th of March to the 29th of April and will hopefully reach the 50% turnout required by the anti-union laws, falling 8% short of that threshold last year.

The amount of members balloted this year as part of this national ballot is slightly less at 120,000 to allow bargaining units that are not ‘core civil service’ - and therefore not subject to the same pay regime - to choose to opt-in to the pay campaign.

At the NEC PCS Independent Left made a number of alternative proposals to the

PCS left focus on living wage

Published on: Wed, 06/02/2019 - 09:26

Mike Chester

The civil service union PCS has just completed a membership consultation on the 2019 civil service pay claim and campaign plan.

A February meeting of the union’s National Executive (NEC) will “press the button” for a new civil service pay ballot. At a December NEC, general secretary Mark Serwotka and the leadership proposed a pay claim of 8-10%. Phil Dickens, a member of the PCS Independent Left, the organisation where Workers’ Liberty activists organise in within the union, proposed the following alternative claim: •A living wage of £10/hour (£11.55 in London) for the lowest grades • Pay at

PCS: how to change the union

Published on: Wed, 30/01/2019 - 09:24

John Moloney is the Independent Left candidate for Assistant General Secretary of the civil service union PCS. Nominations opened on 17 January, and close on 7 March. Voting will run from 16 April to 9 May. Three rival candidates from the “broad left” bloc which has run the union for many years are also in play — Chris Baugh (the incumbent), Stella Dennis, and Lynn Henderson — though one of those may withdraw.

Moloney has given an interview to The Clarion outlining his platform in detail.

One of the questions was: why is there so little to show for a decade and a half of “left” and

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