SECTION ELECTIONS in the PCS civil servants' union have resulted in important gains for the left. The right wing lost control of the key inland revenue group and were almost wiped out in the Department of Work and Pensions.
Supporters of the misnamed 'moderate' grouping that attempted a coup against left wing general secretary Mark Serwotka last year have lost most of the national positions they held.
As delegates gather for the union's group conference in Scarborough this week they will be looking forward to repeating this result in elections for the union's national executive committee.
These elections begin in two weeks and a campaign of mass leafleting civil service workplaces will make sure that nothing is left to chance.
Martin John, PCS secretary, Department of Work and Pensions headquarters, Sheffield
CIVIL SERVANTS in the PCS union may take strike action later this week in Liverpool. Workers at the Home Office in Bootle are fed up with managers' neglect in sorting out computer problems and rising temperatures in the offices.
One worker said, 'We've put up with this nonsense for far too long. If we strike I hope certain people get the message and act.' Any strike could cause serious problems for the Home Office.