Where we stand

The current NEC – A record of national failure
National PCS has been misled by the Left Unity leadership for over ten years – it has been more than ten years of national failure. Most of that failure was predictable and predicted…by supporters of the PCS Independent Left (IL).

Members have been hammered on one major issue after another. Living standards have been slashed and are slated to be cut further. Jobs are being shredded and stress levels rising. We are faced with a national government onslaught but with no meaningful national PCS response. HQ support to PCS “bargaining units” – especially the smaller units – and representatives is becoming ever more distant.

Nominate and work with the IL
In the run up to the 2016 NEC elections and at branch AGMs, we are asking PCS representatives and members to nominate and work with us to change PCS for the better.

The IL is the only meaningful, serious, representative based, democratic socialist opposition to the current self promoting leadership.

IL supporters:
• Led the way in developing and establishing legally binding minima to maxima pay progression.
• Pioneered the incorporation of beneficial provisions civil service staff handbooks into members’ contracts of employment, including the rights of Union representatives.
• Pioneered the “equality proofing” of HR policies.
• Legally established the identity of the Crown – not departments and agencies – as the employer of all civil servants.

IL has consistently argued for the NEC to reconnect with, and strengthen the confidence of, members by:
• Devoting additional resources to the support of our private sector members.
• Developing a meaningful national strategy to unionise those private sector companies providing support to the civil service.
• Focusing on the national defence of pay, jobs and living standards.
• Spreading awareness of best practice terms and conditions throughout all bargaining units.
• Developing an effective industrial action strategy, including selective action, in place of episodic one day strikes that the government simply sits out.
• Developing a membership led Union, thoroughly consulting members on demands, strategy and tactics and providing timely and informative reports national talks. (an IL NEC would support those members, such as the North West Contact Centre members, who want to fight instead of sitting on their dispute).

IL supporters:
• Have consistently campaigned for the pay of the top PCS officials – £90,000+ pa- to be brought out of the stratosphere and closer to the salaries of the dues paying members. A principle that Left Unity has fought elections on and then fought against when in power.
• Developed the PCS equality policy – adopted at conference but sat on by the NEC – to place equality at the heart of PCS’ national campaigning: challenging discriminatory PMR markings and discriminatory PRP, the disproportionate use of performance and attendance procedures against ethnic minority and disabled members, promoting equal pay and improving the delivery of reasonable adjustments, challenge age discrimination, and draw out the link between the growing inequality in wider society and that within the civil service.

The record of the NEC
Members need a PCS leadership that “gets it right” on the big issues and even with the most generous evaluation of their record, the current NEC is not such a leadership.

There really is no need for LU supporters to “loyally” nominate through gritted teeth and with ever diminishing enthusiasm an NEC that:

Has not secured a single substantive victory as a national union – be it on pensions, pay, T&C or jobs or equality – despite all the national disputes which have been called, which members have supported, and which the NEC never called off, preferring to let them fade away and hope the members wouldn’t notice.
Has not launched a serious national campaign against the horror that is the civil service performance management system.
Is not politically coordinating and challenging the widespread unequal treatment of older, more junior, disabled and ethnic minority members under the PMR and inefficiency procedures despite PCS conference policy requiring it to do so.
Cancelled the 2015 NEC elections in an affront to the democracy of PCS and in breach of the requirement for annual elections.
Pays top officials £90,000+ pa out of the membership dues (the one pay battle that the “leadership” has won and the one cost seemingly beyond its sharp service reducing eye).
Planned to flog off PCS HQ to pay our running costs (a sure sign of poor administration) and then, when they were unable to do so, claimed that a sale was not needed.
Is steeped in a spinmeister culture – even once including lamentably claiming a breakthrough national pay agreement that never existed – that corrodes membership confidence and miseducates members and activists.

Time for a change, Vote IL