PCS leadership condemns transparency on election decision

This blog has today gotten a mention from the National Executive Committee, who seem unhappy with our publishing of the NEC paper which informed their decision to suspend elections.

In an update which offers very little new information but reiterates the points made before Christmas, they state:

Following the notification to branches of the NEC decisions, a private and confidential report which had been provided to the NEC was obtained by an anonymous PCS rep or reps and published on the internet alongside criticism of the decisions. The report contained highly sensitive information about the sign up to DD campaign.

It is any rep’s absolute right within our union to criticise NEC decisions publicly and to seek to challenge them through our democratic processes. The recent decisions of the NEC will be held to account at ADC in May. However, it is an act of gross irresponsibility to publish information that will aid the government in its attack on the union. To present the Cabinet Office with internal data on our sign up campaign is severely damaging. It is an unjustifiable act and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms.

We are big enough to take the reprimand on the chin without shedding any tears.

Though given that the sign up rates for Direct Debit are shared with branches on a regular basis, not confidentially but to inform and motivate the drive to sign people up, members might be forgiven for thinking that the NEC are more concerned about keeping their dealings hidden from those on whose behalf they’re supposed to be acting.

At any rate all members concerned about the suspension of elections are encouraged to move support for this statement in their branch and attend the campaign meeting in the Manchester Mechanics Institute at 1pm on Saturday 17 January.

Read the NEC briefing document here and how their decision breaches the union’s rules here.