One of the main debates at PCS annual conference in May was on a possible merger with Unite the Union.
Conference showed that PCS activists and members need information, clarity and assurances that it would be in the best interests of both unions' members.
Members will expect the PCS leadership to leave no stone unturned in fighting for their interests.
Over the last 13 years PCS's left leadership has taken a serious approach to representing its members, including fighting government attacks.
This would be the same leadership that has left the main civil service union in such a mess that PCS is now in a weaker position that either it or its' predecessors have ever been in?
Both membership numbers and participation in the internal life of the union are in decline, not all due to cuts. Members have been slowly drifting away and the leadership has hidden the departure of a whole group (SOCA) from the wider membership for a year.
PCS's so-called left leadership has been anything but serious about representing the membership. Their whole project has been to create an activists based union.
They don't want a representative union not just because they might find members are not the fanatics that activists tend to be, but they wouldn't be able to use the union for their own nefarious agendas.
The activists of PCS are mainly Trotskyists, but old fashioned Stalinists and even wild eyed Anarchists are to be found inhabiting the corridors of power and "smoke filled rooms" where decisions are made.
Of course the most powerful of these organisations within PCS is McInally's Socialist Party (of England & Wales), SPEW for short. They do take the political gravy train they are on very seriously indeed.
We have been assured by the highly paid Assistant General Secretary Chris Baugh that the unions finances are in order despite reports of shortfalls in the unions pension scheme for our own staff. McInally repeats that assurance in his lengthy rant stating:
Finance has never been a driver in this process. Despite actually seeing an increase in its union density in the civil service, PCS has lost membership as a result of an anti-public sector austerity programme.
Really...... must be political self interest then. We are informed that:
Translate that into plain English and you get the Socialist Party will exert greater influence....
Neither Left Unity nor the Socialist Party have a fixed position on the merger (bollocks - Ed) other than the necessity of engaging in talks and then conducting a democratic debate and allow members to decide. But we see the possibilities of a merger......
Meanwhile Janice Godrich assured reps there will be a democratic debate. How is not known. The PCS "In house" publications will be the usual one sided rants and the face Book page only has 600 members, so the definition of "democratic" will need to be discussed itself.
Especially as the future of our union is at stake!
I am not alone in having concerns. The Independent Left grouping says:
The Grandees will "Carry on Regardless".