OVER 50 union activists attended a meeting in central London on the Tuesday before Christmas to celebrate the election of socialist Mark Serwotka as the general secretary of the 260,000-strong civil servants' union, the PCS. Mark argued that his election victory against a Blairite candidate showed the anger ordinary members feel over the betrayals of New Labour and the right wing leadership of the union.
He also warned that the people who are running the union are attempting to trap him within the structures of the union. The only way to fight against this and give him the support he needs would be to organise amongst the rank and file members of the union who voted for him. Mark stressed the need to recruit these people to the Left Unity group and build a united grassroots movement to stop him becoming isolated. A lively discussion on how best to build a fighting union followed Mark's speech.