Socialist Worker

Prepare for battle

by MARK SERWOTKA
Issue No. 1812

'DEMOCRACY has been enshrined in our union-the members' choice is in place. My view is that the court that matters is the members, and that court ruled in our favour.

All the activity in our campaign has been based on the members. I and PCS president Janice Godrich have addressed countless meetings, the like of which we've never seen before in our union. There were 350 people in London, 150 in Manchester, 120 in Nottingham and 30 in Southend. Over 4,000 people signed a petition. What brought people together is that this is our union and we won't allow a coup.

At the beginning of this campaign I said that this is a dark period for the union, but we would come through it and the union would be stronger. I was right. This is fantastic for the PCS-democracy has been reborn. One battle is over but a new one has begun. We shouldn't forget the reason I was elected-national pay bargaining for civil servants, an end to low pay and a fight against privatisation.

These are my personal priorities and the priorities of the union members. We still have a national executive in place that went along with the coup. We have to make sure it isn't allowed to thwart the decisions of the membership. We have to consign these people who have tried to wreck the union to the dustbin of history.'


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Sat 10 Aug 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1812
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