Whatever our disagreements with the union’s leadership we believe, like they, that it is vitally important that there be a union in the civil service and related areas. Therefore if the DWP or HMRC was to give short notice regarding ending check off then we would rather see a financial rescue of the union by merging with Unite than have no union at all.
As we write elsewhere on this site there is no industrial logic for a merger. Further, we believe that a merged union will not be as democratic as PCS is. For some comrades PCS Independent Left, the thought of joining a Labour Party affiliated union, albeit one where you cannot be forced to pay towards the upkeep of that party, is deeply unpleasant and in normal circumstances unpalatable.
Of course that is in normal circumstances. Ending check off on short notice would not be normal circumstances. However, if a year or greater notice was given then arguably that could be coped with and even a lethargic leadership such that we have, could re-sign up our membership. So merger with Unite is not a matter of principle for us; our judgment is based upon the balance of advantage for the members. At the moment that balance is against merger but that could change with a change of financial circumstances.