As conference meets in Brighton this week PCS members working for Interserve, Aramark and ISS are striking, which highlights the need to have a well-supported fighting fund to support members taking sustained action.
Delegates praised the action taken by members, supported by the fighting funding, and as a result of motion A27 carried by conference this afternoon (22) our members’ subscriptions are to be increased by 50p a month from 1 June to raise ring-fenced funds for the PCS Fighting Fund to support members taking striking action.
Martin Cavanagh moved the motion on behalf of the NEC and said the move will see subs rise for all members except for those in unrecognised workplaces and those on reduced subscriptions.
“Since its inception the fighting fund has been an invaluable tool in supporting members taking sustained strike action. Our members have achieved notable victories because of the support of the fighting fund. But voluntary contributions have simply not worked in raising the amount of funds we need to support national industrial action,” he said.
“To take the fight to this government and our employers then we have to build a far bigger war chest to have at our disposal.”
The NEC agreed the plan following a consultation on the proposals which took place from December to January received 15,000 responses and involved 29 regional meetings of branch reps and 13 PCS groups.
Barbara Bolstridge, of DWP Wolverhampton and Walsall branch, whose members were supported by the fund when they held a 2-day strike in March, said the workers at DWP contact centres couldn’t have taken such well-supported action without the support of the fighting fund.
“The fighting fund made such a difference. I don’t think 50p is that much to pay considering the effect it may have,” she said.
The workers are striking again on Tuesday and Wednesday next week in their campaign for more staff and improved working conditions.
The motion was carried by conference on Wednesday (22) morning.