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Mark Serwotka re-elected as PCS general secretary

Issue No. 2182

Mark Serwotka has been re-elected as the general secretary of the PCS civil service workers’ union for a third term. PCS members voted by 63.4 percent to 36.6 percent for Serwotka against his right wing challenger Rob Bryson.

PCS members will want Mark’s re-election to be the springboard for a major fight against the government and civil service management’s aim to massively reduce the payments workers get when they lose their jobs. The union plans to ballot its 270,000 members covered by the Civil Service Compensation Scheme if these changes are not withdrawn and there is no serious offer of talks.

This could become a key battle over who pays for the recession—workers or the bosses that caused it.

Mark Serwotka said, 'PCS members had a clear choice about whether they wanted a union which would stand up for them and fight back against attacks on their jobs, pay and terms and conditions, or a union that would hold its hands up and say nothing could be done.

“Through this overwhelming show of support, members have shown that they want a union that will campaign and organise against the damaging consensus among the main political parties, which champions public sector cuts, pay freezes and privatisation.

“There are massive challenges facing PCS and its members in the year ahead. PCS will remain united in rising to them and PCS members can be confident that their union will continue to stand up for them and the public services they care passionately about.”


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Thu 17 Dec 2009, 16:37 GMT
Issue No. 2182
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