Civil servants' huge meetings
"THE TURNout for the meetings I have been to is in general much higher than for many years. There is a very good mood amongst the members, and a feeling that this is the year that the union should do something over pay." That's how socialist Mark Serwotka, general secretary elect of the PCS civil servants' union, describes a stunning series of union meetings around the country.
Mark has been speaking at annual general meetings in many PCS branches across Britain in recent weeks. "At the Home Office in Croydon there were around 450 people," explained Mark. "At the British Library in Boston Spa there were 150, the Customs Office in Liverpool had over 100, the DSS in Nottingham around 120, and the Office of National Statistics in Newport over 150. There's a lot of interest in my election," said Mark, elected to the union's top position as a socialist in a vote at the end of last year.
"The discussion at meetings I've done is strong over pay-people are up for doing something. I also talk about privatisation, and there is a feeling that there should be a national campaign."