Saturday, 12 April 2014

Socialist Unity witch hunts rank & file PCS members

One of the more ridiculous websites on the left is Socialist Unity run by Andy Newman and his obnoxious sidekick John Wight. If they are not backing Russian imperialism in the Ukraine, justifying the dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party and denying both Tibet and Israel the right to exist they are usually promoting some other reactionary nonsense.

Male model John Wight has now published a vicious attack on members of the PCS trade union. He writes:

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) are engaged in the widespread bullying and intimidation of benefit claimants in Jobcentres up and down the country. The evidence can no longer be denied and the union’s leadership must now take steps to educate its members that solidarity is more than just a word on a leaflet during a PCS pay dispute, or else face the accusation of collaborating with the government’s vicious assault on the most economically vulnerable in society under the rubric of austerity.

In the myopic world of John Wight it is ordinary hard working members of the union who are to be targeted for government policy that he doesn't agree with. 

Wight in his ignorance of both political and trade union reality goes on to conclude that:

Any trade union member who allows him or herself to be used as an instrument to attack the poor and the unemployed is deserving of contempt. And any trade union leadership that fails to act to prevent it happening is reactionary.

Such politcal buffoonery is beyond parody and should be treated with the contempt it deserves.

PCS members are Civil Servants who work across a variety of different Government Departments (and some privatised areas) who implement the policy of the democratically elected government of the day. 

PCS members are underpaid, overworked and under constant pressure. Some jobs, like those in the DWP can carry a risk of being violently attacked. The job of a trade union is to defend its' members against not only Management but also those who seek to invoke hate against them as is clearly outlined in Wights disgusting article.

Most of people who comment at that site are equally complicit with Wight in his attack on trade unionists. Take the brave, ultimately anonymous"Vanya" who writes:

PCS members in the DWP need to decide whether they are going to be part of the problem or part of the solution.

PCS members are not answerable to idiots like him. It is the Socialist Unity crowd that is part of the problem as Wight shows us with his response to a rare critic allowed to post on their rabid blog:

You stand with the camp guards if you wish, I’ll stand with the inmates.

Given that Wight has an unhealthy attitude to Jews, his analogy is appalling. 

PCS members will not be bullied by reactionary and anti-working class websites like "Socialist" Unity. 

Update: John Wights considered opinion of PCS members is:

These bastards are the lowest of the low, plain and simple, and I have zero sympathy for them.

Appalling little man.

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