Mark Baker

PCS Public Sector Group – MHCLG PINS branch

I have served for most years on the NEC since 2002 and re-elected last year. Coming from a smaller Group, it is important that our experiences are brought to the NEC. This is vital to reps in smaller areas.

Whilst the Covid health emergency has continued to impact upon our lives and the world around us we cannot now allow our members, who have continued to work and provide vital public service, to pay the economic price of the pandemic. We are under assault from a cost of living crisis but the government, through their own incompetence and behaviour are at their lowest levels of support since winning the 2019 General Election. That’s why this NEC believe this is the right time for a campaign of action to win better pay and conditions for our members.

The Left Unity led NEC and our leadership in Groups have secured agreements that have kept our members safe during the crisis and now form the basis of longer term changes, but we have not been afraid to lead membership action where it has been necessary, or to make difficult decisions when necessary too. Maintaining an experienced NEC team will be vital and I hope you will continue to support those who have made this possible.

I have been active in the union for over thirty years – the whole of my working life. Nearly all of this time is with the Planning Inspectorate – an Executive Agency of DLUHC, which alongside many other smaller diverse employers are organised in the PCS Public Sector Group.

I have remained a Branch Secretary during my time on the NEC carrying out personal casework, negotiating and organising at a local level, balancing this with a frontline official job in recent years thereby understanding all the pressures that Branch and Group reps are under on an everyday basis.

I have held most Branch roles over the years but also a leading lay pay and conditions negotiator as TUS Secretary in what remains a busy bargaining unit – we have negotiated a range of measures this year to keep members safe during the COVID crisis whilst maintaining the valuable public service role that we provide.

I have also served on various NEC sub-committees including the Policy and Resources Committee, Finance and International Committees and the South West Regional Committee previously as Chair. Our large and very diverse region has been at the forefront of many of the Union’s national campaigns around pay and against office closures.

Our Left Unity team of candidates, part of the Democracy Alliance NEC list, combine both newer reps and the vital experience required in leadership as well as being fully representative of the diversity of our PCS membership.

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