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PCS conference: Let’s put PCS at the centre of resistance

by Marianne Owens, PCS NEC (pc)
Issue No. 2404

The PCS union began its annual conference in Brighton on Tuesday of this week.

It comes at a time when workers face sustained attacks—but also the prospect of more united resistance.

In 2011 PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka and the union played a key role in pushing towards the mass strike in November that year.

Many members are right to feel that the national campaign has stalled. But there is a willingness to fight—and our unions must lead resistance to the Tories’ attacks.

Delegates at conference will debate the kind of action the PCS should take in the coming months. 

Recent elections in PCS have seen the left do really well. They show our members want to hit back.

Labour has failed to lead opposition to austerity and Miliband has distanced the party from the unions. 

We can’t simply wait for Labour.

There will also be a debate at conference about a possible merger with the Labour-affiliated Unite union. This can’t be a substitute for action. And the democratic culture and independent voice of PCS is worth defending.

There is potential for a coordinated pay strike in July that would put pressure on the Tories. 

The PCS must put itself at the centre of the resistance.


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Tue 20 May 2014, 20:06 BST
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