Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union were meeting at our annual conference in Brighton this week.
It is a brilliant opportunity to discuss what the mood is on the ground and what members want the union to do following the general election.
One of the key issues to be discussed is the fight against the 104,000 job cuts that chancellor Gordon Brown wants to drive through the civil service.
The union is demanding a moratorium on the cuts, as the service to the public is already starting to fall apart.
The union’s national disputes’ committee has recently given permission for members in the Department for Work and Pensions in London to ballot for strikes over job losses.
The national executive has also put forward a motion which will harden the union’s position on the defence of final salary pensions.
There was also to be a debate on Europe, where both motions up for discussion call for a no vote in any referendum on the European constitution.