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A merger between PCS and Unite is no substitute for a fightback

by Dave Owens, PCS DWP executive committee (pc)
Issue No. 2403

The PCS union’s national conference meets in Brighton next week at a vital time for the union.

Thousands of civil service jobs have been lost since May 2010. The PCS has been in the forefront of trying to coordinate resistance to the Tories. But there’s been no national action for over a year.

It is vital that conference makes serious moves towards taking joint action with other unions in dispute.

As the national executive recently rejected a motion to approach other unions, branches must force a debate from the conference floor.

Meanwhile reports from the Unite union suggest that merger proposals with the PCS are far more advanced than the PCS leadership admits.

Unite leader Len McCluskey apparently said any merger would not affect the Unite rule book or its relationship with the Labour Party.

Last year’s PCS conference only allowed talks to go ahead on the basis that there would be safeguards to protect democratic structures in the PCS and our ability to act independently of Labour.

In any case merger can’t be substituted for a serious fight against government attacks.


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Tue 13 May 2014, 17:48 BST
Issue No. 2403
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