ACTIVISTS IN the PCS civil servants' union from the Left Unity group were to meet in Birmingham on Saturday. They will know the result of the membership ballot for more democracy in the union.
If members have voted for annual national executive elections those elections will take place almost immediately. Members were also voting on holding annual conferences. The meeting will decide on the left candidates for the election and whether there should be an alliance with a new grouping which has recently split from the right wing in the union.
This new group, calling itself the PCS Democrats, stood out against the attempted coup last year against the elected general secretary, Mark Serwotka. This alliance has the potential to be very good for the union, but the PCS Democrats must make clear where they stand on a number of important issues. These include the war on Iraq, privatisation, the fight to regain national pay bargaining, and preventing the introduction of a two-tier workforce.
Martin John, PCS branch secretary, DWP headquarters, Sheffield