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Left wins union votes

by SUE BOND, PCS vice-president, and MARTIN JOHN, PCS national exec. (both personal capacity)
Issue No. 1903

THE LEFT have won another landslide victory in the PCS civil servants' union national executive elections. This is a victory for everyone who wants a fighting, democratic union. There are no crumbs of comfort for the Cabinet Office and New Labour. The left continues to hold the majority of national executive positions, consolidating the position of left wing general secretary Mark Serwotka.

Hugh Lanning and Chris Baugh won the full time deputy general secretary and assistant general secretary positions. Janice Godrich was re-elected president. The right wing Moderates group, who ran the union for decades, were desperate to stage a recovery. They haven't been able to.

Now that we've won a continuing majority we have to step up and increase the work we're doing over pay, pensions and job cuts. We can't fail the members and have to deliver what they expect-an effective fightback. The electoral victory for the left comes at a crucial stage during the long-running pay dispute in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Some 90,000 workers in the DWP are beginning to get their annual report from assessment panels.

The union's prediction that many of them would be downgraded is being proven correct. There is a huge wave of anger. The indication is that tens of thousands of staff will appeal against their report marking. There is pressure on management. It is the right time for the union to call further industrial action.

That's what members want now they're starting to see how horrendous the new pay system is.

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Thu 27 May 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1903
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