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.
Mark Serwotka won the election with 42,000 votes; Barry Reamsbottom has never faced election in the PCS (he was a hangover from the CPSA). Thus the very idea of democracy, that those with the most votes win elections and take up post, has been thrown out by the right wing on the NEC (this right wing grouping are called the "Moderates"). The Moderates have in effect set up a dictatorship in the Union; they are in charge no matter who you, the members, vote for.
Not only is democracy is at stake (whether your votes count at all) but your future pay prospects as well. Mark was elected on the promise to move us back to National Pay, that is that all civil servants should be paid the same pay rate no matter what part of the Service they work; the Moderates are 100% opposed to this. A return to National Pay would mean large pay raises for most members.
Mark wanted to stop the clampdown on sick leave; the Moderates do not; Mark wanted members to have legal representation if they get into trouble at work; the Moderates do not. The Moderates, however, are willing to spend £100,000s of your money to defend their unlawful actions in court as they seek to effectively sack Mark.
To stop them as many members and Branches as possible must protest against this hijack. Please show this leaflet to your Union branch officials and insist that it takes action: you too can send a protest letter. Do something now before it is too late.
Letters of protest at the actions of the Moderates should be faxed to: Barry Reamsbottom on 020 7924 1847 - he can be e-mailed on Barry.Reamsbottom@pcs.org.uk