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Branch Takes Strong Position to Oppose NEC Decision On the Pensions Campaign 03/04/2012

Posted by pcsdwpsheffield in Uncategorized.
Last Thursday, the Branch Executive Committee in PCS DWP Sheffield voted with a strong mandate (all but one in favour of the motion) to support the below motion, and therefore oppose the NEC decision against striking on March 28th. Many members of the BEC had been approached by branch members frustrated with the decision also, and we believe that this position reflects that of many of you in the branch. You are welcome to leave comments at the bottom of the page. – Rosie (Chair)

Motion 1 (National Campaign)

PCS members voted with a clear mandate for ongoing industrial action in a recent ballot. It was made clear to members that this would begin with a day’s action on 28th March, hopefully in coordination with members of the NUT and UCU and possibly other unions.

In spite of the positive ballot result, the PCS NEC then made the decision not to take action on March 28th and instead to ‘build’ for action at an as yet unspecified future date – possibly in April.

This comes at the end of a year of the Pensions Dispute, on which the NEC has failed to organise effective campaigning around the issue. These pension changes come into play from this April.

This BEC notes the following:

  • That the original demands of the campaign included pay and jobs, not just pensions, and that this has largely been ignored in the literature.
  • That coordinated action with other unions is one tactic of many in industrial campaigning, and although it is recognised that not as many unions as November 30th would be taking part, PCS could and should have continued with their industrial action on the 28th March, along with a larger campaign of action.
  • That the decision of the NEC was, therefore, a mistake, and has caused de-motivation in the membership has significantly weakened the campaign.
  • That one day protest action with other unions has its place but can only ever be part of a strategy that can win.

This BEC resolves to:

  • Publish this motion on the website.
  • Write to the General Secretary to make these views clear, and ask for an immediate plan of action for the ongoing campaign.
  • Publicise these views to the membership and to other branches we have contact with, and encourage them to take the same position.

Proposed by Tom Bishell (Branch Secretary)

Seconded by Rosie Huzzard (Branch Chair)



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