PCS left unity statement about the job cuts.
Left Unity condemns the announcement by the Chancellor that he
intends to slash over 100,000 jobs. We see this as an attack on jobs and
public services. We reject the assumption by the chancellor that there
are "deserving" public services and "undeserving " public services. The
recognition by the chancellor that there is such a thing as society
means that all the public services that contribute to society must be
equally recognised and resourced.
It is a kick in the teeth to PCS Members who have helped to deliver on
the Government's agenda often against a background of low and unequal
pay, unreasonable performance targets and stressful working
The Dutch auction between the main political parties on who can cut the
most jobs has sickened members. Members are quite rightly angry about
these job cuts and fearful for their future job prospects. They will be
looking to PCS to respond to these blatant attacks on our jobs.
Left Unity believes that because of the work done in the last year on
the National Executive Committee (NEC) we are in better shape to face
these attacks. We now have 310,000+ members, plus improved organisation
The National Executive Committee meets 21 - 23 July. Left Unity members
on the NEC will be arguing strongly that the full weight of the union
and membership is used to fight back against the job cuts. We will be
arguing for a massive campaign, involving members at all levels of the
union, including political campaigning and lobbying, demonstrations etc.
National Industrial action cannot be ruled out.
Left Unity will be issuing a further statement and report following the
NEC. In the meantime, we call on all PCS Reps to unite together to fight
against these attacks. You can play your part now, by recruiting
non-members, getting organised in your workplace, raising the issue with
members, holding members meetings and inviting NEC Members to come along
to speak. If you want an NEC Member, you should email Janice Godrich,
PCS National President
Also make sure your regional committee is active and that it will
be fully involved in the campaign. If we are to successfully oppose
these attacks, both in the interests of our members and wider society,
it is essential that we not only have a national campaign but hundreds
of campaigns at branch, regional and departmental level as well. Make
sure you play your part.