SOME 288,000 members of the PCS civil servants' union will begin voting for a new national leadership from Friday of this week. This is a key chance to reclaim the union for its members. The socialist Left Unity group is standing alongside the PCS Democrats group as part of a united Democracy slate to defeat the right wing group that has dominated the union.
Sue Bond, a Democracy slate candidate for vice-president, told Socialist Worker, 'The national executive elections are the most important opportunity for some years to see off the gang that has blocked the PCS from becoming a proper union. Their attempted coup last year against the elected general secretary Mark Serwotka has opened up many members' eyes. There is a mood change going on in the trade union movement. Most members want a union that fights for them. That means fighting the Blair government. Its policies on pay and privatisation affect our members and the public services they provide. Although the right wing is deeply unpopular we can't take anything for granted. Activists should ensure that all the big civil servant offices locally are leafleted. We have to get the message out. We won round one when Mark Serwotka and president Janice Godrich beat the coup. We won round two when members voted for annual elections and conferences. Now we have to win round three by kicking out the right wing.'
The Left Unity website has resources and guidance for all PCS members who want to maximise the vote. Go to www.voteleftunity.org.uk