Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1062/29783

From The Socialist newspaper, 30 October 2019

PCS union election: For a fighting democratic general secretary

PCS union members on the 'climate strike' demo, London, 20.9.19, photo JB

PCS union members on the 'climate strike' demo, London, 20.9.19.   (Click to enlarge)

The election for the next general secretary of the 180,000-strong trade union runs from 7 November until 12 December.

Socialist Party member Marion Lloyd won 39 PCS branch nominations, the incumbent Mark Serwotka got 62, and Bev Laidlaw 17.

We call upon activists to unite behind Marion's candidacy for a union democratically controlled through its elected lay structures, and a leadership which will actively coordinate across the union the fight on pay, jobs, pensions and office closures.

Marion has spent many years building the left and fighting the right wing in the union. She has a record of success in winning for members, including a successful fight which stopped the closure of her office.

Recently, low-paid PCS members, employed by private contractors ISS and Aramark at the BEIS government offices in London, won the London Living Wage after taking indefinite strike action.

Marion - currently PCS BEIS Group President and on the national executive committee, and who has been on the BEIS picket lines - said: "I'm immensely proud of my members and the branch reps. Two victories in a few weeks after these low-paid workers took indefinite strike action shows what can be achieved. It confirms that we can attract outsourced workers into PCS and link them with members who are directly employed, with the demand that these workers are brought in-house."

Marion stands on a programme of union democracy, breaking down barriers to win equality for all and a fresh, winning approach on pay, jobs and office closures.

Speaking to the Socialist, Marion says: "Unlike Mark Serwotka, who pledged to not take the full general secretary salary but does, I will stay on my civil service wage and publish details of the money I give back to PCS."

We call upon activists to unite behind her campaign and elect her as the next PCS general secretary.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 30 October 2019:


What we think

Anti-austerity, socialist policies can be a winning formula

Mass protests rock the globe


News

Tories out now. Bin Boris. Corbyn can win with socialist policies!

39 migrants found dead in Essex lorry container

Argos Christmas bonus cut


Wall Street Crash

The 1929 Wall Street Crash: When the capitalist system was on its knees


Workplace news

PCS union election: For a fighting democratic general secretary

PCS: Support Marion Lloyd - a history of workers' struggle and a programme for the future

McDonald's - Striking to end low pay

London - 'autumn of discontent'

RMT election: Fight the cuts, vote for Jared Wood

Uni workers' pay and pension strike ballot


Butterfields

How working-class tenants beat Gentrification


Black history

Black Liberation... Only possible through socialist struggle

Obituary - Bob Lee: 1954 - 2019


International socialist news and analysis

Chile in revolt


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Enfield North socialists lobby candidate stitch-up

Selling the Socialist

Donate to fund the fightback at Socialism 2019

Chile protests - London solidarity rally


Reader's opinion

Life in the gig economy

Film reviews: Sorry We Missed You by Ken Loach

TV: The Accident - Will capitalism be exposed in upsetting, true-to-life drama?

Opinion: Labour Party is structured to block left councillors

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 30 October 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

PCS:

triangleObituary: Paul Chettle

triangleTate strike suspended

trianglePCS: No to DWP management's plans - Yes to action

triangleTate workers on indefinite strike hold march and rally

trianglePCS members in DWP reject unsafe extension of hours

Union:

triangleDon't let the festive season be one of misery for retail workers

triangleEast London teachers strike in support of victimised union rep

triangle

Equity union conference calls for radical change - now lead a fight!

triangle

Unison general secretary ballot closes

Election:

triangleAfter the polarised elections - what way forward?

triangleIndependent Socialist Group interim statement on 2020 US election

triangleUS presidential election 2020

Workers:

triangleConflict in Ethiopia: ethnic-linguistic divisions are the historical product of capitalist inequality

triangleFast fashion, big profits, low pay

Mark Serwotka:

triangleAn exchange with Mark Serwotka about sales of the Socialist

Closures:

triangleArcadia and Debenhams closures: Nationalise to save jobs and pensions

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

2/12/20

Retail

Arcadia and Debenhams closures: Nationalise to save jobs and pensions

2/12/20

Wales

Wales TUSC plans to mount an electoral challenge

2/12/20

Manchester

Rent strikers' victory in student halls

2/12/20

Austerity

Unions must resist return to austerity

2/12/20

Covid

Better for billionaires. Worse for workers

2/12/20

Carbon

'Building back greener' - yet more Tory greenwash

2/12/20

Poverty

Scotland: Campaign wins end to period poverty

2/12/20

NHS

NHS: Underfunded, understaffed, underpaid

2/12/20

Engels

Review: Friedrich Engels - Condition of the working class in England

2/12/20

Ethiopia

Conflict in Ethiopia: ethnic-linguistic divisions are the historical product of capitalist inequality

2/12/20

Low pay

Fast fashion, big profits, low pay

2/12/20

TV

TV: The Social Dilemma

2/12/20

Football

Diego Maradona - Working-class rebel, football genius

2/12/20

Socialist

Socialist Inbox

2/12/20

Labour

Labour meeting lets MP get away with 'Spycops' abstention

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999