PCS union

DWP sell-out deal – we need to take the fight to the branches

By Rebecca Anderson The Public and Commercial Services union’s Department of Work and Pensions conference has narrowly voted to accept a pay deal that will mean working worse hours for a pay rise of only one per cent for most members. Sixty per cent of members will receive the smaller pay rise and others will […]

Workers Power  ·  26 May 2016

DWP pay deal sells union short

By Sarah Barden A new pay deal has been agreed between Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) and the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), but it is unclear whether the union’s conference and membership will accept the deal. The offer sees new starters getting a 5% pay rise over the next five years but […]

Workers Power  ·  25 May 2016

Injustice: Tory cuts will penalise victims

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has announced the closure of 86 courts and tribunals across England and Wales. These closures threaten people’s access to justice in towns and rural areas, and the jobs of thousands of workers. The civil service trade union PCS is opposing the closures, alongside MPs, solicitors’ firms, magistrates and the Citizens […]

Workers Power  ·  08 March 2016

Victory at the National Gallery

National Gallery staff have ended their indefinite strike having won serious concessions after 100 days of action. Originally opposing moves to privatise the security and visitor services, PCS members also demanded the London Living Wage and later the reinstatement of Candy Udwin, a senior union rep who was sacked on trumped up charges early on in […]

Workers Power  ·  08 November 2015

PCS ‘left’ ditches democracy

By Rebecca Anderson, 30 January 2015 The National Executive Committee of the Public and Commercial Services union has made the outrageous decision to cancel annual elections for both their own committee and the Group Executive Committees that lead the various departmental unions, like the DWP. Ironically the current leadership of PCS took the leadership of […]

Workers Power  ·  30 January 2015

Which way forward for the unions?

As the Autumn’s coordinated strike action stalls, Jeremy Dewar reviews the unions’ record and asks how we can stop the retreat Up to 150,000 marched in London, Glasgow and Belfast in October in response to the TUC’s call, “Britain needs a pay rise”. There was wild applause in Hyde Park for our leaders’ speeches, none […]

Workers Power  ·  06 November 2014

PCS ballots civil servants on pay, pensions and working conditions

By Rebecca On 16 January the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) NEC decided to ballot a quarter of a million civil and public servants for strike action over sustained government attacks. Increased pension contributions and four years of pay freezes and caps mean that civil servants will have seen their income cut by 16 per […]

Workers Power  ·  20 January 2013

Why has the left covered up another PCS sellout?

Rebecca Anderson asks why the left has covered up the latest sellout by so-called ‘left’ trade union PCS On 26 June, members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) were due to strike over the cuts and privatisation. They face the threat of 8,500 job cuts, 5,300 of them to UK Border Agency (UKBA) […]

Workers Power  ·  14 August 2012

PCS: New strategy needed

By Rebecca Anderson   The issue of overriding importance at this year’s conference of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union  will again be the battle to save our pensions. The government has now implemented the changes to our pensions – we will work longer, pay more and get less – but this does mean […]

Workers Power  ·  12 May 2012

Pensions: left leaders in retreat — only the organised rank and file can restart the fight

By Mark Booth AFTER A TURBULENT week of union executive meetings, 300 militants packed into Friends Meeting House for an emergency conference to fight the pensions sell out. It soon became clear to everyone at Unite the Resistance’s gathering that the PCS and NUT leaders would not be calling more strikes in the next few […]

Workers Power  ·  16 January 2012

Pensions conference: left leaders timid in face of right wing betrayal

PCS Left Unity, the leading faction in the civil service union, opened its doors to activists from all unions to debate the way forward, ahead of a pivotal week in the pensions dispute. But PCS leader Mark Serwotka and the influential Socialist Party promised further action but refused to name a date for the next […]

Workers Power  ·  10 January 2012

Lambeth SOS: after J30, support the library strike!

Lambeth Save Our Services is planning to follow up the tremendous 30 June strike with a joint union reps meeting, campaign to stop call centre privatisation and solidarity with librarians’ strike. Jeremy Dewar reports from an action-packed meeting

Workers Power  ·  10 July 2011

PCS conference declares war on cuts

PCS Annual Delegate Conference 2011 will be remembered as the conference that declared war – class war – on the coalition government, but whether we can win depends on the leadership’s willingness to go beyond the strategy agreed or, failing that, the membership taking up that challenge.

Workers Power  ·  30 May 2011

PCS: time to move beyond one-day strikes

The Public and Commercial Services Union has played a leading role in calling for the co-ordinated public sector strike on 30 June, writes Rebecca Allan, PCS rep

Workers Power  ·  26 April 2011

Tower Hamlets workers throw their weight behind call for general strike

Teachers and council workers from Tower Hamlets called on their leaders to organise general strike action today in a mass rally after 2,000 trade unionists, joined by the local community marched against cuts. Council workers in purple Unison jackets were joined by school banners, behind which marched school children, parents and lots of teachers carrying […]

Workers Power  ·  30 March 2011

The great pensions robbery

“There’s got to be a deal here between the taxpayer and the scheme member and that deal is going to unravel if the people in the public sector say they will not contemplate change,” he said. His report has two main recommendations. First, he wants to raise the retirement age to 66 by 2020. Hutton […]

Workers Power  ·  11 March 2011

Unions set for strike over pensions

Unions are gearing up to defend public sector pensions in what could be a key battle with the Con-Dems in 2011. The government has condemned the “gold plated” final salary pensions of public sector workers. Several unions are already planning to strike in defence of pensions. Mark Serwotka leader of the Civil servants union PCS […]

Workers Power  ·  01 January 2011

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