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.

PCS branches call for campaign meeting

This site has been launched in reaction to the decision of the PCS NEC to suspend NEC and Group elections for up to 12 months. As the statement makes clear below ‘The sole purpose of this campaign is for NEC and GEC elections to be held to be held at the usual time or if that does not happen then they must be held as soon as possible and for the union’s constitution, as presently drafted, regarding elections to be followed’. This campaign is not factional.

The two undersigned branches call on other branches to support the following statement and send delegate(s) to a campaign meeting in Manchester on the 17th of January:

STATEMENT

The decision by the emergency NEC in late December 2014 to suspend NEC and group elections was wrong.

  • We will work together in a campaign to seek to get that decision overturned and for NEC and group elections to be held at the usual time. If that does not happen then they must be held as soon as possible.
  • We will agree motions or a motion for the ADC that will achieve elections as soon as possible after the conference.
  • We will seek to get as many branches as possible to agree this statement.
  • We will use social media (be it a blog, Facebook page etc.) to gather support for our campaign in the union and in the wider labour movement
  • We accept and respect that each branch will have differing views on who to support in elections. The sole purpose of this campaign is for NEC and GEC elections to be held to be held at the usual time or if that does not happen then they must be held as soon as possible.

ENDS

R&C Bootle St Johns House Branch 
DWP East London Branch 

Please add your branches or your individual support by filling-out the ‘Support the campaign’ box below. Please note by doing so your name or that of your branch will then appear on this site.

There will be a campaign meeting on Saturday the 17th of January in Manchester. This will run from 13:00 – 17:00 at the Mechanics Institute on Princess Street. Map here.

Welcome!

This site has been set up in response to the decision of the PCS National Executive Committee to suspend elections in 2015.

The decision was justified on the grounds of cost saving and attacks on the union by the Tory-led government. But many union members believe that these arguments don’t hold water. The government is attacking us, but by surrendering any aspect of our democracy the leadership are on a slippery slope. The right to choose who runs the union every year is a red line which mustn’t be crossed.

The fight is now on to resist this attack on democrac and reverse the NEC decision. There will be more updates in due course so stay tuned!