In this interview Rob Williams asks Chris Baugh, assistant general secretary of the PCS, about his record in the union and what the key issues currently facing PCS members are.
"Socialist Party member Chris Baugh has been three times elected assistant general secretary (AGS) of the PCS civil servants' union.
He will again be seeking the support of Left Unity later this year, to be its candidate in next year's election for a fourth term."
Workers at Tesco Dagenham distribution site are striking over pay from 10pm on Thursday 17 May. Following over a year of negotiations between Tesco and the retail and distribution workers’ union USDAW, bosses have refused to improve their initial offer which was worth less than 3%.
Important article from Socialist Party members in the RMT transport union on the debate taking place in that union on Labour Party affiliation.
"The RMT was the second biggest donor to both his leadership campaigns, in 2015 and 2016, behind only the 1.4 million-member Unite union. No one can doubt where we stand.
But the question is: how can the RMT best continue our support for Jeremy Corbyn to overturn the political and organisational legacy of New Labour and transform the Labour Party? Are the terms of affiliation currently on offer - losing our political independence and handing £240,000 a year to a largely unreconstructed party machine (if we affiliate our full membership) - really the best way to pursue the RMT's objectives at this moment?"