2016 Elections: A message from Janice Godrich, PCS national president

JaniceDear Colleague

PCS is one of the most democratic unions in the UK. Shortly you will receive ballot papers to elect your National Executive Committee for the next 12 months. I would like to ask you to consider re-electing me as President, along with my Democracy Alliance colleagues, Over the last 12 months PCS has faced an attack on our existence by this Westminster government. I am incredibly proud of every PCS member who, alongside me, the NEC and our workplace representatives, have ensured this didn’t succeed. In fact, we are emerging stronger and more determined than before.

Since first elected in 2002 I and my Democracy Alliance colleagues have worked determinedly to protect and advance your interests, travelling the UK speaking with members, building PCS, working for unity with other public sector unions and promoting our alternative to the government’s cuts based on tax justice, job creation, investment and equality for all.

PCS has earned wide respect under my leadership working alongside General Secretary Mark Serwotka.

We have built an influential union with a proven track record of standing up for you. We:-

 Stood up to this government. Defended our union from their attempt to destroy us by removing check-off
 Ensured the finances of the union are sound
 Stand ready to defend our national agreement on job protection that prevented thousands of compulsory redundancies
 Campaigned hard against attacks on pensions and conditions
 Stopped planned privatisations
 Stopped removal of paid sick leave
 Won over £50 million compensation for members facing problems at work
 Fully supported departmental disputes that consistently win concessions
 Promoted an Alternative to austerity which is supported throughout the union movement and beyond

The priorities of the Democracy Alliance are

 To defend jobs, services, terms, conditions and demand our employer honours negotiated agreements
 To campaign hard for fair pay, progression and equal pay.
 Continue to oppose privatisation and attacks on pensions
 Organise against unfair office closures.
 Oppose discrimination and discredited Performance Management policies
 Promote equality and support those with caring responsibilities
 Maximising support for local representatives to defend you in the workplace.
 Build unity and action with public sector unions across the UK

Life at work is difficult. Whilst governments continue to attack our terms and conditions it is important you re-elect a leadership with a proven track record of organising a strong union to stand up for you. Please continue to support the Democracy Alliance who will work tirelessly to protect your interests and consider supporting the candidates listed below.

With Best Wishes

Janice Godrich

Democracy Alliance

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