LEFT WING candidates have made gains in elections for the national executive of the civil servants' PCS union. Scottish Socialist Party member Janice Godrich has been elected president and Steve Cawkwell vice-president.
The Left Unity group's representation on the union's national committee has doubled to 12, including longstanding activists Val Pearman and Rod Bacon. But hopes that socialist general secretary Mark Serwotka would have the support of a more representative executive were dashed. The 'National Moderate Group' also made gains.
The 'Moderates' have threatened in an article in the Economist to marginalise Mark Serwotka and seek to reappoint discredited former general secretary Barry Reamsbottom.
Reports from activists suggest that the best votes for the left came where mass leafleting of workplaces was organised. If these activities had been more consistent, with agitational material for rank and file members, 'Moderate' influence could have been broken.