Left candidates in the PCS civil service workers’ union won all but one of the national executive seats in the union’s recent elections.
Those elected included Socialist Worker supporters Sue Bond and Andy Reid, who openly opposed Blair’s warmongering in Iraq as well as the government’s pay, pensions and privatisation policies.
Sue Bond polled highest in the election for the four union vice presidents and was therefore elected deputy president.
This further swing to the left is a result of the union’s willingness to campaign and take industrial action.
This has ranged from the November 2004 national strike to sectional disputes over pay and job cuts.
The challenge now will be to maintain and increase the momentum over a range of issues from protection of new entrants’ pensions to regaining national pay rates and beating off the government’s job cuts and privatisation agenda in the civil service.