Fantastic ballot result in HMRC

Members in HMRC group have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action. With a turnout of just over 58% and over 80% voting to strike, this is a tremendous ballot result and sends a strong message to the Government that members are angry and that enough is enough.

All reps, members and activists should be proud of the effort that they have put into winning the ballot. It is clear that thousands are up for joining the budget day strike on 15th March as well as future action.

Membership in the group has seen a significant increase during the ballot and even on the afternoon of the result being announced we have seen a flurry of new joiners wanting to get stuck in.

None of this would have been possible without the clear strategy to win that has been set out and implemented by the current Left Unity led GEC.

While our opponents have engaged in naysaying and miserablism from the sidelines, shouting that we will never get over the Tory anti-union ballot threshold and saying that members would leave the union in their hundreds if not thousands in protest at the strike levy, Left Unity members have held firm and got on with engaging thousands of our members and carrying out a strategy to win.

We as Left Unity members in HMRC stand on our long record of achieving the best we can for members, not just talking a good fight, but actually fighting.

We ask all members and branches in HMRC to now get behind the campaign but also to ensure we can continue to win for our members.

Please support Left Unity candidates in the upcoming Group elections and back a strategy that can win!!

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Defend Refugees

200 anti-racists gathered outside a hotel in Nottingham today where refugees are housed. We gathered in response to a threat from racist groups to protest against the refugees.

Anti racist campaigners were horrified at the targeting of people who have often fled war and managed to reach Britain despite the Tory government’s racist refusal to provide a safe route into the country.

The involvement of the PCS in stopping the government’s attempt to turn refugees back in the channel was welcomed, as was our work in opposing the Rwanda policy.

PCS members should be proud of our role in the anti racist movement and continue to mobilise for anti racist protests including the TUC / Stand Up To Racism national demonstrations on March 18th.

Pete Jackson, Midlands PCS regional chair

Fantastic show of strength – Thank you

Wednesday. What a day! What a fantastic show of strength we saw on 1st February as 100,000 PCS members took strike action against hundreds of thousands of workers from other unions.

We are in the strongest position we have been in for over a decade and the Government knows it, so let’s start with a massive Thank You.

Thanks to every member, rep and activist that made Wednesday the success it was. Picket lines were vibrant, rallies and demos were huge, the whole day had a buzz about it and the Left Unity led NEC will meet on Tuesday to take feedback and agree next steps.

The mood across the movement right now is palpable, and although we are painfully aware of the cost of living crisis, members understand the need now to stand up and fight back against a government intent on decimating public services.

A Strategy to Win

The strategy developed by the NEC, is a strategy to win. To maximise the amount of action taken throughout the life of the mandate, but to minimise the financial cost to our members.

The targeted action so far has been a huge success, receiving unprecedented media coverage, whilst also seeing a massive spike in new joiners. Our membership is now at the highest level since before check-off was ended in the biggest departments.

With the strongest mandate from members we’ve had in years, the all-member action taken this week was, by any measure, a massive success.

We have every confidence that the strategy is proving popular. More targeted action now endorsed by the NEC, the reballot of HMRC well-underway, with positive reports coming from the group, and the decision about the next all-member action due to be taken on Tuesday, we are in the strongest position that we have been in for years, to send a clear message to our employers, and the government, that enough is enough and that they now need to find the resources to meet our demands.

This strategy has been developed in careful consultation with reps and members, and following faithfully the policy overwhelmingly carried and agreed at ADC 2022.

Re-elect a Campaigning Leadership

To continue the success of this campaign, we need to reelect a campaigning, fighting leadership capable of leading and winning for members, PCS Left Unity stand under the banner of the Democracy Alliance – a democratically agreed, diverse group of candidates representing our whole union and working together for the benefit of PCS members.

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