More than 300,000 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union will soon be voting in the general secretary election.
The candidates are the left wing incumbent Mark Serwotka and Rob Bryson, of the right wing “4 the members” group. Some 199 branches nominated Serwotka for the election, with just 16 nominating Bryson.
With both Labour and the Tories planning offensives on the public sector for next year, workers need a union leader who will stand up against this.
While Serwotka wants a fighting union, Bryson wants to return to the old days of “partnership” under the discredited Barry Reamsbottom.
But activists cannot afford to be complacent. Bryson came close to defeating assistant general secretary Chris Baugh earlier this year. The ballot begins on 17 November and runs to 17 December. Activists must ensure the biggest possible vote for Mark Serwotka.