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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 July 2013
PCS Young Members Network forum
PCS Young members network lobby the TUC, photo Paul Mattsson
I was lucky enough to represent Youth Fight for Jobs by speaking at the civil service union PCS Young Members Network (YMN) annual forum. The PCS YMN is an inspiration to other trade union youth networks.
The PCS has been at the forefront of the battle against Con-Dem austerity. It has been key to building united industrial action, and it has organised countless strikes.
The PCS identified mass coordinated strike action as a way to build for a 24-hour general strike when it was discussed at the TUC.
And Tory Cabinet Minister Francis Maude has singled out PCS in his attacks on trade unions.
I was joined in the youth debate by Martin Mulligan from the RMT Young Members Network. Socialist Party members Lizi Gray (Newcastle Slutwalk) and Lee Vernon also joined me on the panel.
Lee was elected chair of the PCS YMN for the next year, alongside another Left Unity (PCS's broad left) member, who was elected vice-chair.
Fifteen people came to the Left Unity fringe meeting, many at their first YMN and Left Unity meeting, including trade unionists from outside of PCS who promised to develop a network like Left Unity within their own trade unions.
There was a lot of enthusiasm for the new Youth Fight for Jobs initiative 'Sick Of Your Boss?', especially how it can be used in PCS-organised workplaces to reach new young (and angry) workers.
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In The Socialist 10 July 2013:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Miliband dances to Tory tune
Unite meets roadblock in New Labour
Stop Gove's school profits plans
Them & Us
Socialist Party workplace news
Strong support for fighting socialist alternative in CWU
Lobby the TUC for 24-hour strike!
PCS Young Members Network forum
Werrington Royal Mail dispute
The costs of privatisation - to the workforce
Workplace news in brief
International socialist news and analysis
Egypt: Morsi removed - polarisation grows
Portugal's government on the ropes again
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Are you sick of... Low pay?... Zero hour contracts?... Job insecurity?... bullying bosses?...
Lifting the lid on the bedroom tax horror
Birmingham Labour councillors' promises
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Rebel councillor faces further suspension
Fund the fight for a socialist alternative to capitalist austerity
Privileged perks for Kate and Wills... Maternity cuts for us!
Unite and Labour - it's time for a rethink!
Inside the banking system
Socialist Party feature
Piper Alpha: The price of profit -167 workers' lives
Socialist Party review
Review - The Pitmen Painters
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