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If you think all the big political parties are the same - you're right! The bosses have got three parties - isn't it about time we had one of our own?
Brown or Cameron –
What is the difference?
PCS members need a political voice
In 1997 many PCS members welcomed the election of New Labour, believing that they offered a radical alternative to the Tories. However, this illusion was quickly shattered when Blair and Brown launched their attacks on public servants’ Jobs, Pensions, Pay and working conditions.
Dave Lunn, Liverpool CNWP & PCS (personal capacity)
PCS members no longer harbour such illusions in New Labour as they are able to see that it is now nothing more than a party of big business. We are in a situation where the three main political parties are indistinguishable from each other. At the last election PCS members saw the amazing spectacle of New Labour, Tories and Lib Dems all involved in a bidding war over how many Civil Service jobs they could axe!
PCS Members face continued attacks
Following the U.S. sub-prime crisis, the British and World economies look to be sinking deeper into trouble.
We will almost certainly see further attacks on workers in general and public sector workers in particular. In an attempt to ‘slimline’ the Civil Service, we are likely see an increased push towards privatisation and a continuation of a below inflation pay cap. This will mean that PCS members will face year on year attacks on their living standards unless we get organised politically and do something about it.
Political solution required
PCS is fortunate to have a fighting leadership which has successfully defended members against the worse excesses of these attacks but it is becoming clear to members that to make real advances in our working conditions a political solution is required.
In 2007, PCS launched the Make Your Vote Count (MYVC) campaign raising the issues faced by members in the political arena.
Before the 2007 local elections the majority of candidates standing were contacted. They were asked to support the aims of our national campaign in defence of pay, jobs and working conditions. While we received sympathy and concern from many of those contacted, one year later we have seen little in respect of action.
What MYVC has shown is that none of the mainstream parties are capable of defending the interests of our members.
What is the alternative?
PCS members are now in most cases left disenfranchised in local and national elections so we in the Campaign for a New Workers Party are campaigning for the establishment of a new mass workers’ party in England and Wales.
Such a formation would give PCS members and other workers a genuine and independent voice on the political stage. It would be a forum where like-minded workers in struggle could meet and organise, linking into each-others’ campaigns, democratically deciding the best way forward.
If you agree, join the campaign today!