PCS union

PCS elections: Low turnout shows union activists must organise

The defeat of PCS’s cost-of-living pay strikes dominated the election.

PCS Activists  ·  17 January 2024

PCS: Vote Lloyd and Moloney, but rank and file must organise to break with Broad Leftism

By PCS activists Members of the civil servants’ union PCS will vote to elect their general secretary and assistant general secretary in November. The contest is between the ruling Left Unity faction candidates Fran Heathcote for general secretary and Paul O’Conner for assistant general secretary, and Marion Lloyd (Socialist Party) and incumbent AGS John Moloney […]

PCS Activists  ·  14 November 2023

PCS members say no to below-inflation pay ‘rise’

PCS members follow the nurses' lead

PCS Activists  ·  07 July 2023

Civil service unions: escalate now or never

By Rebecca Anderson UNLIKE OTHER public sector workers, the government’s 2022/23 pay offer to civil servants has not been improved by the wave of industrial action. Despite double-digit inflation, the government has refused to negotiate anything above the 2–3% pay rise that has already been imposed, not even offering the derisory one-off payments recently rejected […]

Rebecca Anderson  ·  28 April 2023

PCS: Targeted strikes are not enough

Branches have called on the NEC to bring all members out in January.

PCS Activists  ·  18 December 2022

PCS strike ballot: what kind of action do we need?

Civil servants are being balloted over pay, pensions and job cuts until 7 November

Workers Power  ·  08 October 2022

Public sector pay ballots: press for co-ordination

Nurses, refuse collectors, youth workers, teachers, lecturers and civil servants are being balloted.

Rebecca Anderson  ·  10 September 2022

Report — TUC lefts urge resistance to cost of living crisis

By Jeremy Dewar “A new deal for working people, a new social settlement for the UK” A LONDON TUC rally for the 18 June national demonstration heard speakers from a variety of disputes and strikes. Rail workers, teachers and lecturers, caterers and cleaners, civil servants were all represented. The eve-of-rally meeting, held at Congress House […]

Jeremy Dewar  ·  14 June 2022

PCS Conference votes to launch campaign on jobs and pay in the Autumn

By a PCS member WITHOUT WARNING, let alone consultation, Boris Johnson has announced over 90,000 job cuts in the civil service. To add insult to injury he did so through the pages of the virulently anti-worker Daily Mail, while suggesting the resultant savings would be used to cut taxes, benefiting the rich most. One in […]

PCS Activists  ·  31 May 2022

PCS: now is the time to strike

PCS is deciding whether to ballot its members for strike action.

Rebecca Anderson  ·  27 April 2022

PCS members must organise for pay fight

The Civil Servants’ union PCS will hold a consultative ballot on pay and pensions between 14 February and 21 March.

Rebecca Anderson  ·  07 February 2022

Covid-19 and the PCS: from workers’ rights to workers’ control

In the DWP we should veto work that sanctions or penalises claimants and demand Universal Credit is paid on the first day, in advance, not six weeks in arrears. In the Home Office – end deportations and close the detention centres

PCS Activists  ·  22 March 2020

PCS: Rank and File or Broad Left?

Differences within Left Unity, the ruling faction of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), have prompted the Socialist Party to launch a faction within that faction, the Broad Left Network. At the same time, the PCS Rank and File Network is being launched. This raises the question of how best to organise in the unions – rank and file or broad left?

Workers Power  ·  06 September 2019

PCS Conference: New pay ballot requires rank and file organisation to win

We can halt the union's decline by fighting for members' control of disputes and strategy

Workers Power  ·  26 May 2019

BEIS cleaners strike for the living wage

PCS strike is part of a growing movement by low paid workers fighting for a living wage

Urte March  ·  24 May 2019

Civil Servants ballot over pay

The PCS is embarking on another pay ballot due to run from 18 March until 29 April. All civil servants deserve a decent pay rise – if the MPs can have one why can’t we?

Workers Power  ·  06 March 2019

Fight for five – civil servants launch pay campaign

By a PCS activist THE Public and Commercial Services union’s annual conference in May voted by a huge majority to ballot for industrial action over pay. After a two-year freeze and five-year one per cent cap, many members’ pay has only risen 5 per cent in seven years, inflation has stormed ahead at 20 per […]

Workers Power  ·  14 June 2018

Strikes and solidarity needed to scrap pay cap

By Jeremy Dewar TORY CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond is a modern man. He believes that driving a train is so easy that “even a woman could do it”. He also believes that 5 million public sector workers are “overpaid”. And he certainly believes that the 1 per cent public sector pay cap should be retained. He’s […]

Workers Power  ·  12 September 2017

Civil servants’ union prepares for action

By a PCS Rep ON 6 SEPTEMBER, the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) announced a major campaign to scrap the 1% pay cap, which has hit all civil servants and other public sector workers, including nurses, firefighters and council workers. In the Civil Service, the cap has been combined with increases in pension and […]

Workers Power  ·  06 September 2017

Labour supporters in PCS have one year to convince members of the need to affiliate

By Rebecca Anderson The Annual Delegate Conference (ADC) of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) took two important votes on the Labour Party this week. In one, it decided to review its political strategy and consider the possibility of affiliation to the Labour Party with further decisions to be taken next year. In the […]

Workers Power  ·  28 May 2016

PCS backs down on industrial action as 150 staff face compulsory redundancies

By Rebecca Anderson For years, it has been the policy of the Public and Commercial Services Union that the threat compulsory redundancies will trigger a national-wide, civil-service wide ballot for industrial action. Today the union’s leadership, dominated by the Socialist Party, asked the Annual Delegate Conference to vote against a motion reaffirming this policy and […]

Workers Power  ·  26 May 2016

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