by Chris Kane
National elections are underway in the civil service trade union PCS. In a twist of history an independent left candidate of rank and filist politics is standing against Hugh Lanning, for Deputy General Secretary. In 2000 the same Hugh Lanning was the candidate defeated by the then independent left candidate Mark Serwotka for General Secretary. Then the Trotskyist Socialist Party backed Lanning against Serwotka, demanding a re-count when he won! Today, the Socialist Party are again backing Lanning.
Hugh Lanning is painted as some kind of left candidate who stands up for workers – in reality he is a fake-left rightwing bureaucrat who should have been dumped when the old CPSA moderate group were defeated. The current hierarchy of the PCS – for all the militant language has failed to match the bosses’ offensive in the civil service with an effective strategy. Some of the leadership are simply politically bankrupt, careerist opportunists or both. Aloof and out of touch they are more at home with on a committee or with management than amongst the members. Much of the responsibility for what has gone wrong in PCS in the years since Serwotka’s victory has been the failure to build an effective rank and file movement and the bureaucratic antics of the Socialist Party, who have little resemblance even to their Socialist Party comrades outside of the Civil Service. Continue reading “pcs: vote for moloney – but independent rank and file action is the key”