PCS union general secretary and TUC president announces first-in-a-century decision at Labour conference
Union leader Mark Serwotka made a speech to Labour’s conference in Brighton this morning that Labour insiders are already ranking among the great political speeches. Serwotka ranged over the unity of unions behind Corbyn on Brexit and to fight austerity, the plight of millions of working – and not-working – people and the dramatic change in the character and behaviour of the Labour front bench under Corbyn’s leadership.
But he also made a historic announcement. Serwotka’s union, PCS, is not among the unions affiliated to the Labour Party – as Serwotka explained, its predecessor was banned from doing so by law after the General Strike almost a century ago.
But Serwotka announced that for the first time ever, PCS has decided that it will formally campaign for a Corbyn-led Labour government in the coming general election – and he explained why in passionate terms that brought his audience to its feet:
Unions are uniting behind Jeremy Corbyn to an even greater degree – because it’s never been more obvious who represents hope for the many, nor more urgent to bring down the Tories.
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