As a current member of the NEC, I am proud to be part of a Democracy Alliance led union leading the fight against Governments attacks.
The Tory Government are intent on putting Profit before People, the economy before health. They continue to attack welfare, healthcare, pushing through privatisation, keeping pay restraint, and attacking our terms and conditions. However, they are a Government, who are weak and can be beaten back. Now is the time to unite together, unite with other activists, unions, and organisations wherever we can, to defend, and improve our world and our living standards. We cannot wait years for a Labour Government to take over the management of capitalism, particularly one veering in the same direction as Tony Blair’s New Labour.
There is much to do, if elected and as an NEC member I will continue to take a lead. Our members want a union that protects their interests, puts forward a strategy, and takes account of the world of work they are experiencing. That is why you should vote for the Democracy Alliance candidates.
In my role as DfT Group President and a member of the NEC I have provided leadership within our Group. Our members in DVLA have held a long and sustained period of strike action over the COVID pandemic to protect their Health and Safety. I have fully supported and advised our Branch reps throughout the dispute and the pandemic. Together we have worked with the NEC to ensure our members safety is at the forefront of the agenda. We have used every avenue we can, Press, social media, Parliament and involved our members to bring about awareness of the issues that our members in DVLA are being subjected to. Without that strike action many more would have contracted COVID and may well have suffered serious long-term health issues. I pledge to continue to give my full support to our DVLA members and reps.
I have also led our Driving Examiner members in DVSA who were subjected to an attempt to bring in an increase in driving tests. We held online meetings led by Fran Heathcote, Mark Serwotka, and myself and we delivered the biggest ballot turnout and vote for industrial action in the history of PCS. The result was a complete climbdown by the employer and Government Ministers without having to take any strike action. There is much more we need to protect, and I will continue to provide leadership and support to all of our members in the Department of Transport Group.
I have also been heavily involved in the National Organisation and Education committee of PCS. Working alongside Fran as the National President and other Democracy Alliance NEC members we have devised a campaigning strategy over the issues of pay and have linked that into the Pensions issue and the rising cost of living. Unlike our opponents I and other Democracy Alliance candidates have understood the current situation and what our members are presently experiencing, and we have ensured that organisation and recruitment are key to delivering successful campaigns. We put the blame on these attacks at the Government’s door, not at our union reps and members.
If elected I will campaign for.
- The PCS alternative – create jobs, not cut them, invest in public services
- An end to the pay freeze, return to national pay bargaining
- Continuing the fight to defend the CSCS
- Campaign for our pensions contributions to be refunded
- Opposition to office closures and against privatisation of jobs and services
- Tax justice – make the rich pay their share, end tax avoidance and evasion
- Uniting with other unions in action where this is possible
- Ensuring our commercial sector members jobs, terms and conditions are protected
- Putting equality, particularly transgender issues at the heart of all we do
Democracy Alliance candidates have shown they will stand up to the Government’s attacks, we are taking forward a strategy that can win. We must now deliver a fight over Pay, Pensions and the cost of living, if we were key workers at the start of this pandemic we are key workers now, we should not be expected to pay for a crisis not of our making.
I am a member of the SWP, and I ask that you vote for me and the other Democracy Alliance candidates in this election.
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