Martin Cavanagh

For PCS Vice President

I am again asking for your support for re-election as a Vice-President of PCS. I have been honoured to serve as Deputy President of the union since 2019 and am also the currently elected DWP Group President, NW Regional Chair and Branch Vice-Chair. I have previously held a variety of other union positions in the 30 plus years I have been an activist in PCS and its predecessor union, CPSA.

In a lay led union, it is important that elected representatives play a prominent role in bargaining on behalf of our members, to deliver democratic accountability. As chair of the bargaining committee I have prioritised increasing lay representation at bargaining meetings with the Cabinet Office and have helped ensure the union’s equality agenda continues to feed directly in to our bargaining priorities.

I am a socialist and member of PCS Left Unity, standing on the Democracy Alliance slate which is committed to building on the work we have already done for members.

Alongside my Democracy Alliance comrades I understand the importance strategy plays in our campaigns and the need to prioritise organising through campaigning to build our membership. The more we grow the stronger and more vibrant our union becomes, increasing our chances of winning for members.

Throughout the pandemic our unions response is one we can be proud of, with the guidance and support we have given to groups and branches key to protecting our members, ensuring the majority could work from home while protecting those in the workplace. We have also protected thousands of our members as outsourced workers, preventing attempts by a number of employers to reduce their sick pay when shielding or self-isolating.

Under our leadership PCS has been at the forefront of attempts to build a coalition of unions to fight back against the cost of living crisis engulfing the country. We launched a pay petition which forced a debate in Parliament, taking our demands to the heart of government, and continue to seek legal remedy for the theft of our members pensions contributions since 2019.

We have also shown we are prepared to back legal action and political campaigning, with industrial strength. The senior leadership of our union have supported industrial action wherever there is a mood amongst members, including the outstanding campaigns in DVSA, DVLA and the Royal Parks.

I have been a leading advocate of our national campaign for better pay and pensions, a campaign that sees us moving to a ballot of our Public Sector members from 14th February. I wholeheartedly supported the decision to test the readiness of members for industrial action and commit to leaving no stone unturned in seeking to secure every last vote. It is crucial we send a strong and clear message of intent to the Government, the Treasury and our respective employers.

If re-elected as your leadership Left Unity members, and our comrades in the Democracy Alliance, will work to build co-ordination with other unions willing to fight against the attacks to living standards, as well as continuing our efforts to keep you and your families safe.

Please support myself and other Democracy Alliance candidates for a strong and focussed union leadership, that will always put our members needs first, while defending the vital services you provide.

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