Over the next few days boxes of ballot papers will be landing on PCS Branch Secretary’s desks, including our own Anna Owens’, for the 2012 Revenue and Customs Group Executive Committee (GEC) elections.
Back in February at our Annual General meeting branch members voted to nominate the Left Unity ‘slate’ of candidates, including Kerry Fairless, who is nominated for Group President. As Group Liaison Officer to the branch Kerry has been very supportive of us, having attended Branch Executive Committee meetings, spoken at members meetings and been on call to help with issues as they’ve arisen.
This is a statement Kerry originally published on his own site a few weeks ago, partly in response to comments made by our current Group President in ORACLE. With the imminence of the elections we are republishing here.
WHAT A PRESIDENT SHOULD DO
I know that our union is built on the membership. Without the membership we do not have a union. I know our members are aware of the issues that effect them on a day to day basis, and I know they have the right to change union policy through motions to conference. Whilst I may not agree with every motion that goes to Conference and at times I may think a Conference is unhelpful, members have the right to submit what they like to AGMs and to Conference. That is called to democracy, and democracy is the cornerstone of our union. To suggest motions are “ludicrous” frankly insults those members who do pen motions and those members who agree them at AGMs.
Finally, I think the President needs an understanding of campaigning. I’ve not seen that this year from the current incumbent. I’ve been involved in campaigns for many years – not always wearing my PCS hat. I understand tactics and strategies; there is no point in taking up a campaign if you don’t have a plan. We have to campaign on a raft of issues, be that protecting our office from closure, be that protecting us from losing our jobs or be that protecting us from the horrors of privatisation. I know that if we sit back and do nothing, then bad things will happen.
So essentially, if elected, I aim to be a President you can trust. A President that will try to do what is right by the membership. A President that wont accept second best in negotiations and a President that will stand shoulder with the membership during disputes and campaigns.
I know the amount of work Left Unity GEC members do during the course of the year, sometimes in their own time and at own expense. I know that it is Left Unity GEC members who provide the ideas and drive to make things better.
I’ve never hidden my Left Unity membership and am proud to be able to consider myself a socialist. I do not subscribe to the view that others stand outside of other factions or groupings, I just know that we are open and honest enough to tell you we do. Any candidate who puts a list of names at the bottom of their election address are standing as part of a grouping. To say otherwise is hiding the facts.