Mark blogs about the important role that activists will play in shaping the future of PCS.
PCS general secretary, Mark was first elected to the post in December 2000. He was re-elected in 2005, 2009 and again in 2014.
A former clerical officer in the old DHSS, Mark is unique among his peers in other unions having come straight from the shop floor.
Mark is a member of the TUC general council.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate the way we live and work and, with further restrictions being introduced all the time, the winter ahead is going to be challenging.
These are still extremely challenging times and your continued hard work is keeping the country going during the Covid-19 crisis.
During times such as these, the importance of solidarity and community is drawn into sharp focus. Ahead of us lie unprecedented challenges and that’s why you need a union on your side more than ever. As the impact of the coronavirus begins to intensify, I want to reassure you that your union is still here to fight your corner.
Mark and PCS president Fran Heathcote blog on International Women's Day about the importance of women getting involved in the union - and promise a warm welcome!
The upcoming general election will shape the United Kingdom for generations to come and, whoever wins, the implications for the union and your working life will be huge.
Young workers are at the heart of the changing world of work and it’s vital they have a strong union movement behind them. That’s why one week into the TUC Young Workers’ month, it’s been hugely encouraging to read and listen to the experiences of young PCS members
In much the same way the student protests in 2010 kick-started the anti-austerity movement, let’s hope today’s brave young climate activists can be the catalysts for change once again. In the quest for climate justice, the combination of young people and workers will be unstoppable.
With a snap election looking more likely by the day, the time for dismissing Boris Johnson as a gaff-prone buffoon is over. The trade union movement needs to be ready for a contest that will define our country for generations to come.
I was recently listening to the Today programme on Radio 4 and the guests were discussing reports that Theresa May’s closest advisers were struggling to decide on what her legacy should be. I am more than happy to offer my advice.