On Saturday 23rd July 2016 Independent Left held a national members’ meeting to discuss current issues and the possible changes in direction of the group in response to changes in PCS issues that are, new, current and ongoing.
Given this opportunity, I submitted a motion about the need and response for greater democracy for ordinary citizens of Europe and across European institutions. After a brief presentation and some debate we passed an amended motion as follows :
PCS Independent Left is a democratic organisation funded and run by its members- Socialists within PCS who accept it’s programme. Regular meetings are held at which policy and approach is discussed and voted upon. IL is governed by its constitution which can only be amended by a national membership meeting.
The following motions were debated and adopted by the recent national all-members’ meeting held on 23 July 2016. Continue reading
The Labour Party is issuing ballot papers to its members to elect six representatives to sit on Labour’s National Executive Committee.
These elections have never come at a more crucial moment in the Labour Party’s history. Their outcome matters very much to PCS members irrespective of whether all PCS representatives and members realise this to be case. Continue reading
Whilst PCS should not become uncritical or unconditional supporters for Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell we recognise that the battle for the Labour Party is not one in which PCS should remain on the sidelines as neutral observers (a union version of Switzerland). Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are fighting for a positive alternative to austerity politics and that touches on the future of our members. Continue reading
So, the UK is now to leave the European Union in pursuit of its own interests and separate from any other interested parties.
During the debate many Brexiteers accused the Remain camp of scaremongering on the economic arguments. Their economic insight was laid bare within seven hours of the result being announced for Brexit. The value of the pound plummeting in the hands of arbitragees. Continue reading
There is now a concerted attempt to oust Jeremy Corbyn from the leadership of the Labour Party.
In terms of the PCS it would be a huge set back if he was removed. Jeremy and of course John McDonnell, have both pledged to work closely with the union and to develop joint policies for the civil service and associated areas. Continue reading