Mr McDonnell used his keynote address to set out a radical vision for the 21st century that will benefit PCS members.
The former PCS parliamentary chair and honorary president pledged that a Labour government will bring back collective bargaining, introduce a real living wage and tackle the gender pay gap. In a further commitment to the trade union movement, John vowed that all workers, regardless of employment type, will have trade union rights from day one.
Democratising the workplace was another key theme of today’s speech, which included an inclusive ownership fund as well as an assurance that key industries will be brought back into public ownership. There was also a strong pledge to a properly funded HMRC, in an effort to close the tax gap and provide much-needed extra funding for vital public services.
General secretary Mark Serwotka said: “John McDonnell has always been a close friend and ally of the trade union movement and PCS in particular. Today’s speech from the Chancellor in waiting will be music to the ears of our hardworking members.
“After nearly a decade of stagnating pay and morale in the civil service at an all-time low, John McDonnell’s commitment to tackling the issue of pay and collective bargaining - especially in relation to national pay bargaining in the civil service - is incredibly welcome.
“The civil service has been hit hard by this government’s brutal austerity agenda and it was great to see Labour’s commitment to addressing the plight of our long-suffering members.”