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TORIES THROW DOWN GAUNTLET TO PCS – OFFICE CLOSURES A BATTLE FOR US ALL

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Showing solidarity against closures at PCS DWP SE Region

The Tories threw down the gauntlet to PCS and all those who care about public services just before Xmas when they announced over half the job centres in Glasgow were to close.

Ignoring their own guidelines for how far claimants should have to travel, they used google maps to decide which centres to close.

This is just one recent DWP closure announcement with more to follow in the new year, alongside across the board closures in other departments including more redundancy announcements in HMRC.  These will have a huge impact on our members, the number of jobs and the services they provide.

The PCS NEC has agreed to step up our campaign against the closures with coordination of political campaigning,  public meetings and targeted industrial action. This is absolutely right because we cannot leave each office or town to fight off these closures one by one.

As Socialist Worker has argued, we urgently need a national campaign  and this should include national strike action.  This position has been adopted by a number of DWP branches and regions.

The campaign in Glasgow has got off to  a great start with members getting organised and local public meetings with service users. The closures have already been raised at Prime Minister’s Question time, there was a Parliamentary debate 20 December and it has been discussed at the Scottish parliament social security committee.

But Glasgow’s closures are not the only ones that have already been announced. And we need to show the offices affected that they are not on their own if they fight.

Where we have taken action PCS campaigns have succeeded in resisting closures such as in BIS in Sheffield and HMRC in Dundee.

Theresa May’s government is divided and are facing a growing scandal over Tory attacks on benefits and job seekers. Ken Loach’s film “I Daniel Blake” has helped build the campaign and focus on the barbaric cuts that the Tories are trying to hand out to the most vulnerable.

The PCS fight against closures and to defend our members terms, conditions and jobs should be part and parcel of this wider campaign and should be based on uniting service users with workers.

For example, let’s get a national statement against the closures which we could ask Ken Loach to sign and set up as an online petition. We need to think big, bold and go national.

We can learn the lessons from our successful campaigns, whether in BIS, Land Registry or in our Museums and Galleries. Combining militant industrial action with the widest possible political campaigning is what gets results.

What you can do

  • Send an urgent solidarity message to offices facing closure to show the members in the affected offices that they have support from around the UK.  Send them to the DWP group office leeds@pcs.org.uk

Download solidarity poster here

  • Help organise a public meeting in your town or region. Or put on a campaign film showing of “I Daniel Blake”

Socialist Worker leaflet

 

How PCS members can support Jeremy Corbyn

 

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PCS NEC members showing their support for Jeremy

The National Executive Committee of PCS is supporting Jeremy Corbyn to remain as leader of the Labour Party.

PCS members and branches can show their support too.  Download solidarity poster here

Support was decided at a special NEC meeting to discuss the outcome of the EU referendum, and was discussed further at today’s meeting.

PCS is not affiliated to the Labour Party but Jeremy Corbyn supports many of the union’s most important policies that affect the lives of our members. The attack on Jeremy is from all sides and is not just on him as an individual, but is an attempt to stifle his views –  socialist policies against austerity, racism and war.

Many PCS members both inside and outside the Labour Party have already been involved in campaigning to return the solidarity he has shown us in the past.  The more we do that in our branches, workplaces and local areas we are not just defending him but also the policies he stands for.

Theresa May’s honey moon may not last as long as she hopes and a victory for Corbyn will give a boost to the anti -austerity movement to step up the fightback.

 

PCS Elections 2016 – re-elect a fighting, campaigning leadership

From PCS Left Unity website pcs left unity logo

We are writing to request that you nominate and support Democracy Alliance candidates in this year’s 2016 National Executive Committee Elections to continue to lead this union. Under the leadership of the Democracy Alliance – an alliance between Left Unity and the PCS Democrats – PCS has continued to grow in strength and reputation as a fighting, campaigning, democratic union.

The Democracy Alliance led NEC has campaigned tirelessly against the Government’s “Austerity” agenda of sustained attack – an assault on jobs, pay, terms and conditions, along with increased workloads and privatisation.Working together with members and reps the Democracy Alliance NEC has achieved negotiated settlements which have protected members’ interests, including protecting many thousands from compulsory redundancy.

If we are to have any chance of victory in the face of the attack on Civil Service Jobs, Pay and terms and conditions then a strong leadership with a proven track record is required. Only a Democracy Alliance led NEC has the analysis and strategy capable of achieving such a victory.

It is likely the current NEC will be challenged by right wing candidates, who are the discredited “moderate” grouping now re-branded as 4themembers. They want us to return to a do-nothing policy of bowing down in the face of the Government’s attacks. They have campaigned in the past for NO votes in industrial action ballots and some of their candidates have argued that we can do nothing to stop the cuts and suggested partnership with a Tory government! Any gains we have won under the most difficult circumstances will be under threat if they ever returned to power.

The right wing are undemocratic and weak. They tried to prevent Mark Serwotka from taking office as General Secretary after he won his first  election and spend more time attacking their own union than the employer and the government. Only a Democracy Alliance led NEC is committed to implementing Conference policy and building a campaigning, democratic union. Given the scale of attacks from the Government a strong determined leadership is crucial. It is therefore vital the Democracy Alliance is once again returned to lead the union and defend members’ interest.

We urge every Branch to nominate the Democracy Alliance candidates (see attached leaflet) for use in your branch. If you want a strong union, please do your best to get your branch to nominate these candidates.