2019 GEC Nominations

As we enter the branch nomination period, we’re asking all branches to nominate the Left Unity slate ahead of the 2019 GEC elections. We will continue to provide updates and information throughout the PCS nomination & election period, but if you’d like more information on our candidates, please visit the GEC Election pages on this site. Many thanks for your continued support.

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GEC Election Thanks

We’d like to thank everyone who nominated, voted for & campaigned for Left Unity candidates in the recent GEC election. We are delighted that thanks to your efforts, we elected our entire AGS slate and all but two of our ordinary GEC slate.

Our commiserations go out to our comrades who narrowly missed out on being elected – we know you’ll be back next year!

Message of Support – John Davidson

John Davidson, R&C Group Deputy Secretary has, in a personal capacity, written a message of support for the GEC Left Unity candidates. Left Unity would like to congratulate John on his re-election as PCS R&C DGS.

” In these union elections members have a real choice – a choice between the Left Unity candidates with a proven track record of working hard and winning for members and our opponents, who have no such record.

In recent years, it was Left Unity GEC members who successfully won the end of outsourcing in Benefits and Credits, bringing work and hundreds of workers back into the civil service.

It was Left Unity members who won new jobs to HMRC in the face of Brexit, with over 5000 posts to be created up and down the UK, starting with recent intakes in Compliance and Customer Services.

And, it was Left Unity members who saved offices in Ipswich and Belfast when the department wanted to close them.

Almost every decent collective agreement and successful campaign over the last decade has had Left Unity members behind it, from opposing security guard privatisation in 2007, winning the Contact Centre MIS agreement in 2009 to halting telephone work privatisation in 2012.

So, use your choice wisely in these elections and vote for the Left Unity candidates – they have the track record and will work hard to win for members.”

Message of Support – Lorna Merry

Lorna Merry, R&C Group President has, in a personal capacity, written a message of support for the R&C GEC Left Unity candidates. Left Unity would like to congratulate Lorna on her re-election as PCS R&C Group President.

“It’s an honour to continue to serve members as your Group President for another year.

I’m proud to be part of a strong and talented Left Unity team that is committed to fighting for a better deal for HMRC members. Our candidates in this election reflect the diversity of this department and understand the challenges facing all areas of HMRC. Please give them your support.”

SOC1 Recommended Attitudes & Conference Meetings

Hi, please find below the Left Unity recommended attitudes to the motions contained in SOC1.

May 2018 Broadside – Recommended SOC1 Attitudes

As always, we’ll be holding a meeting for Left Unity members only at 745pm on Sunday 20th May at the Jurys
Inn, Brighton. This meeting will discussed recommended attitudes on emergency motions, as well as any changes that you may wish to make to the attitudes in the Broadside above.

Following the closed meeting, we’ll be holding the annual R&C Left Unity social at 9pm on Sunday 20th May at the Jurys Inn, Brighton. As we’ve done for the last couple of years, we’re holding a pub quiz along with a raffle. If you would like to donate a prize, please let a member of the Steering Committee know. This meeting will be
open to non-members so please feel free to bring others along.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Revenue & Customs GEC Elections

Left Unity would like to thank all branches and reps who nominated LU candidates. We are delighted that Lorna Merry (President), Hector Wesley (Deputy President), John Davidson (Deputy Group Secretary) & Hamish Drummond (Treasurer) have all been elected unopposed, ensuring the Revenue & Customs GEC will have the strong leadership it needs to fight for PCS’ members interests during these difficult times.

We are obviously keen to elect as many Left Unity candidates as possible to the remaining positions on the GEC and would ask everyone to vote and campaign for the following candidates…

Thanks again to everyone who supports Left Unity and together we can ensure that we elect the full LU slate to the GEC for 2018/ 19.


Just a brief note to say thanks to everyone who voted for LU in the elections. We’re happy to say that we did well in the elections and also feel that conference went well. We’ll put out a proper post-conference report shortly but don’t want to dwell too much on it as we all have a hell of a lot of work to do this year, particularly over BoF. We’ll be in touch with everyone shortly to give our thoughts on what we do going forward, but hope that all those who attended conference had a good time, that we’ll already to take the fight-back to the employer and again, to say thanks for supporting LU.

Please Vote LU

With the GEC elections now underway, we’re asking all of you to vote for our candidates – you can find out more about why we’re standing and about our individual candidates by clicking on the “GEC Election” tab. Please remember to post your ballot paper back in time for it to be received by noon on 18 May 2016. Our candidates are..

President: Lorna MERRY
Deputy President: Hector WESLEY (elected unopposed)
Deputy Group Secretary: John DAVIDSON (elected unopposed)
Treasurer: Hamish DRUMMOND (elected unopposed)

Assistant Group Secretaries: Clive BRYANT, John DAVIDSON, Barney LAWN, Mark LEOPARD, Marianne OWENS, Gordon ROWNTREE, Colette SMITH & John SMITH


LU Conference Meeting & Social

Just a quick note to let everyone know that R&C LU’s closed conference meeting will take place on Sunday 22nd May at 8pm in the Albion. This meeting will discuss the LU recommended position on SOC1, along with any emergency motions. Please note, this meeting is open to LU members only.

Following this, at 915, LU will hold a pub quiz which is open to members and non-members alike. After covering our costs, we’ll donate half of any money raised to the cancer ward which treated our friend & comrade, Anna Owens, with the remainder going back into LU funds.

We look forward to seeing you all there.