Mark Serwotka has been re-elected as the general secretary of the PCS civil service workers’ union for a third term. Some 37,866 PCS members voted for Serwotka and 21,883 voted for his right wing challenger Rob Bryson.
PCS members will want Serwotka’s re-election to be the springboard for a major fight against the government and civil service management’s aim to massively reduce the payments workers get when they lose their jobs.
The union plans to ballot its 270,000 members covered by the Civil Service Compensation Scheme if these changes are not withdrawn and there is no serious offer of talks. This could become a key battle over who pays for the recession.
Mark Serwotka said, “PCS members had a clear choice about whether they wanted a union which would stand up for them and fight back against attacks on their jobs, pay and terms and conditions.
“Through this overwhelming show of support, members have shown that they want a union that will campaign and organise against the damaging consensus among the main political parties, which champions public sector cuts, pay freezes and privatisation.”