Unite improperly pursued disciplinary against union member

A decision issued by the Employment Appeal Tribunal yesterday declared that Alec McFadden, a Unite union member and representative was unlawfully disciplined by his union. The original disciplinary proceedings gathered some media coverage in the Liverpool Echo.  A trade union has the right to discipline its members if a member breaches a rule of the … Continue reading Unite improperly pursued disciplinary against union member

RMT lose age discrimination case brought by union member

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has this week upheld the decision of an employment tribunal that the RMT union directly  discriminated against a union member when, by applying its own union rules, it refused the member the opportunity to stand for the union's national executive committee (NEC) because of the member's age. In RMT v Lloyd the … Continue reading RMT lose age discrimination case brought by union member

“Conference will decide”

PCS - Democracy Deferred

The common diversion from any debate about the suspension of elections is that “Conference will decide” and so there’s no point getting tangled up in the matter until then. But with the Standing Orders Committee report now online that big debate is finally in sight.

But what immediately strikes you, reading the motions in the opening general debate of Conference, is that the debate has been reduced to a purely theoretical question. Motion A1 asks that we endorse the NEC decision, while motion A2 asks that we censure it. But both accept that the suspension has happened and elections won’t be back until 2016, while laying out near identical actions to take the union forward. The reinstatement of this year’s elections isn’t even on the table.

Sure, motions A4 to A6 all call for the reinstatement of elections this year, but they’re not part of the general debate and won’t…

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So far as may be Lawful

In a recent provocative article for The Guardian the Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey explains the background to a recent Rules change in the Union's constitution that could pave the way for a major showdown with the the next Government (if Conservative led) over its trade union legislation. It is worth posting in it's entirety, … Continue reading So far as may be Lawful

Mark Serwotka Responds on Suspension of PCS Union Elections

The decision of the PCS Union's National Executive Committee to suspend the union's internal democracy as it relates to elections for the NEC and group committee is understandably a very contentious one; it is also one I disagree with as I have set out before. One PCS branch, the Bootle HMRC branch (I am sure … Continue reading Mark Serwotka Responds on Suspension of PCS Union Elections

PCS/Unite merger still alive, allegedly

Labour Uncut is reporting that the Unite/PCS merger is still a distinct possibility, and expects the NEC to put forward a motion to this year's ADC. Here's a snippet of the article: PCS has been wracked by well documented financial problems. The sale of the union HQ, which was agreed at the union’s national executive … Continue reading PCS/Unite merger still alive, allegedly

Why trade union elections are expensive

The reason the PCS Union NEC cancelled suspended elections this year is because of the financial cost. The figure given is that the cost to the Union is £590,000, it is not known how much of that comprises the cost of the NEC elections. Let us say however, that it is £300,000 (half the total). … Continue reading Why trade union elections are expensive

PCS Elections: Round Up

UPDATE - 07 Feb Since the last post the following articles have been posted: Howie Fuller (the now ex-PCS member) writes about the leak of the NEC memo. Rob Williams writes on the Socialist Party's website that PCS had "no option but to implement emergency measures to ensure the ongoing viability of the union." Worker's … Continue reading PCS Elections: Round Up

The PCS Union’s Suspension of Elections: A Preliminary View

The decision of the PCS National Executive Committee ‘to suspend’ elections in 2015 has, rightly, proved a controversial one which has generated a lot of debate. The campaign website PCS Democracy Deferred has made a forceful case that the NEC decision is in breach of the union Rules and, further, that members may find a … Continue reading The PCS Union’s Suspension of Elections: A Preliminary View