29 June 2012
In what is a first for a union not affiliated to the Labour party, the 78.9% yes vote comes as we face unprecedented cuts to jobs, pay and pensions to pay for economic problems caused by the greed and recklessness of the banks, and a lack of political will to rein them in.
While trade unions have funded political candidates and parties for more than a hundred years, this result shows a clear desire for a political alternative to a consensus that means any opposition too often fails to properly challenge these cuts, or is relegated to being "a critical friend" of ministers' plans to slash £28 billion in welfare support to the unemployed, sick and disabled.
In the same ballot almost 81% voted to endorse our wider political campaigning.
With the government making our economic situation worse and causing misery in our communities, we will now press election candidates even harder to make a stand against cuts.
Where they do not, and it helps our campaigns to defend our jobs and the public services we all rely on, we will consider supporting candidates or working with others to stand a candidate in national elections.
Examples might include backing anti-cuts candidates or targeting prominent government ministers whose main opponents are failing to campaign against their cuts.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "This is an historic vote giving us another weapon in our fight against cuts and for the alternative to austerity.
"It will allow us to directly challenge the Westminster cuts consensus that is making scapegoats of public sector workers, the unemployed, pensioners and students, and destroying our communities.
"We know austerity isn't working and we know there is an alternative based on investment in decent public services, tackling the tax dodgers and redistributing our nation's wealth to the millions instead of the millionaires."