NEC elections – Democracy Alliance re-elected

Just a short message to thank everyone who voted to re-elect a strong Democracy Alliance leadership to lead PCS in what we know will be a tough period ahead. Just two of our candidates narrowly missed out, which is a resounding result. Left Unity thanks every single member who voted, campaigned and made that possible. Congratulations to all those elected onto the NEC and commiserations to the two comrades who haven’t made it this time. We know they will both be back.

The message in the last few days, that the government intends to cut 91,000 civil service jobs, following plans to close DWP offices and decimate services to the public shows why strong leadership is so important right now.

The incoming NEC will need to hit the ground running and make sure we focus on engaging reps and members about the activity necessary in the period ahead to oppose the threats of this rotten government to members’ jobs and to public services. So whether that’s building support for the mass demonstration on 18th June, working with other unions to build alliances or recruiting to PCS, there is much work to do together to unite members in the biggest campaign possible.

Group elections are also very important. A strong, united leadership is just as important at group level. DWP members have until 12 noon on Tuesday May 17th to dig out the email and cast their vote, and for HMRC members, the relaunch of the ballot starts on Wednesday 18th May. In both elections, you are asked to support all Left Unity candidates, please get in touch if you need help with this or with locating the email.

Block vote elections are being held ahead of Annual Delegate Conference this year, and an email about this has been sent by Civica, just marked PCS, to every branch secretary. These elections close on Thursday 19th May, please follow the recommendation which was sent last week to all Left Unity members.

We hope to see many of you in Brighton next week at Annual Delegate Conference. Look out for our rally, which will take place on Wednesday 25th May.

Again, thank you to all those who voted for Democracy Alliance candidates, we will work tirelessly to repay your faith.

Let’s make the TUC demo on June 18th massive

The cost of living crisis is crippling working class people.

Inflation has hit 7%, with estimates that it could hit double figures this year. Utility costs have gone through the roof, and are estimated to rise sharply again in October. Food bank usage spirals up.

Meanwhile Tory MPs talk about how we can live on 30p per day and should learn how to shop for value goods. It is insulting beyond belief.

The TUC has called a demonstration, ‘We demand better‘ on June 18th in response. We need to take it seriously. As we move towards a statutory pay and pensions ballot, and while the government are threatening to sack 1 in 5 civil servants, June 18th will be an important milestone for the trade union movement.

Every PCS branch needs to be organising to get a delegations on the demonstration. Workplace reps should be organising to bring the members along. Every city and town will have transport going to the demonstration and the PCS is committed to funding coaches. Every member who joins the demonstration will go home more confident and determined to fight.

Left Unity members, from the NEC through to reps in offices will be throwing ourselves into organising people to join the demonstration. We have five weeks to build the demonstration, let’s make sure we are proud of the PCS turnout.

Report from STUC Conference

The STUC presents a good opportunity for activists to build links with other like-minded trade unionists about joint campaigning on issues like Pay and Pensions covered by the National Campaign. This years STUC took place 25 – 27 April at Aberdeen’s Music Hall with a delegation well represented with Left Unity members.

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