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Conference agrees that the NEC was correct to focus the Union’s campaigning activities on the defence
of the CSCS.
Conference also agrees that the recent statements from Government and Conservative Party, which will
cap Public Sector Pay in 2010 and beyond, is part of a concerted strategy to blame the public sector and
working class for the economic crisis. Conference rejects and refutes this position.
Conference recognises that the defence of the Public Sector and its workers terms and conditions
including pay should be at the forefront of PCS campaigns in 2010/11.
Accordingly Conference agrees that:
      PCS should work with the maximum number of other public sector trade unions to campaign
         in defence of the public sector and for coordinated industrial action across the public sector
         against Pay restraint;

        The NEC should bring Groups together at the earliest opportunity to discuss how PCS should
         respond in the light of the further attacks on pay

        The NEC should ensure campaign material is issued making clear the impact of pay restraint
         on Public Sector members ensuring that the campaign is taken forward in all MYVC and other
         local campaigning initiatives

Pensions

Conference recognises that, in the wake of the offensive against the CSCS, both Tories and Labour are
preparing for attacks on the pensions of public sector workers and that far from being “gold-plated”
schemes, most workers, particularly women, receive small sums.

Conference also recognises that the cost of providing tax relief on pension contributions each year is
much greater than the net cost of public sector pensions. In 2007/8 tax relief cost £37.6 billion - almost
ten times the net cost of unfunded public sector pensions. This tax relief is heavily skewed towards the
well off. 60 per cent goes to higher rate tax payers and a quarter of tax relief -- nearly £10 billion a year
-- goes to the one per cent of the population who get more than £150,000 a year.

This means that the pensions tax relief for people getting over £150,000 a year is more than twice the
total net cost of public sector pensions!

Conference believes that the difference between pensions in payment and the income from
contributions for the entire pension’s scheme of the public sector is an affordable £4.1 billion a year
and as such should be defended and improved rather than torn up and wrecked

Conference therefore instructs the NEC:
    To oppose any attacks on the present pensions schemes.

        To continue PCS’ strategy of seeking unity with other unions to defend public and private
         sector pensions provision.

        To launch a major campaign to defend pensions and to ballot for strike action if the
         government goes ahead with such attacks.


Protecting Public Services

This Conference rejects the consensus of the main political parties to make workers pay the price for
the economic crisis.
The bail out of the banks and the budget deficit are now used to justify deep cuts in public expenditure
and mass privatisation. This approach failed in the 1930s and risks deepening the recession and
increasing unemployment. It poses a serious threat to all public sector workers and the public services
they provide.
Conference recognises that the attack upon the Compensation Scheme is about assisting this and future
governments to cut our members jobs cheaper and more easily. Conference welcomes the response of
PCS to this attack and supports the call for a programme of industrial action should the government
proceed.

Conference also agrees that the defence of public services will need to involve the widest unity
between public sector trade unionists. This was the most important lesson of the campaign to defend
pension rights. In addition to campaign activities around the Compensation Scheme, we welcome the
steps already taken by the NEC to prepare the ground for a joint campaign of public sector unions and
instruct them to include as part of that campaign;

        Calls for the TUC to organise a public sector union response.

        Working with the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group in parliament.

        Direct approaches to each public sector unions to discuss and plan joint activities at local,
         regional and national level.

        Setting up local campaign groups to build rank and file support across public sector unions for
         the campaign of action needed.



Cuts and Privatisation

This Conference condemns the thousands of staff cuts, along with the privatisation of civil service jobs
that have taken place since 2004. Conference further condemns proposals by all the mainstream parties
to slash thousands more jobs.

The effects of this axing of jobs is felt both in stress and unacceptable working practises for our
members but also in a decimation of public services for the millions who rely on those services.

In particular Conference rejects the closure of offices, and the tendency to convert
those remaining away from processing centres and public friendly offices into call centre
environments. These new working environments are detrimental to members on several grounds.

    1.   They tend to involve significant attacks on family friendly working, flexible working hours,
         access of members to Annual leave, et al.

    2.   There are significant health & safety risks to our members, including lighting and other
         environmental issues where control is removed from members, a growing menace of acoustic
         shock, and muscular skeletal damage caused by excessive computer, and in particular
         excessive mouse use.

Conference agrees to expose the damaging nature of these environments not just to our members but
also in terms of service received by the public, which is become increasingly remote and less
responsive to public need.

Conference also instructs the NEC to campaign for a reversal of Office closures and staff cuts, and a
reversal of the resulting operational models which are far too heavily based on telephony. At the same
time conference recognises that the immediate needs of PCS members have to be addressed and
agrees to campaign around the issues of access to leave, flexible working, and the Health & Safety
issues listed above.

Conference believes that industrial action may be needed to advance the above aims and calls upon the
NEC to consider detail of how the campaign can be taken forward.
Pensioners Group

Pension schemes for workers are under attack by the bosses by reduction of benefits or by closure of
final salary schemes, not forgetting the millions of workers who do not have access to an occupational
pension. The TUC should by means of its Pensioners Committee be leading the counter attack and
campaigning that the State Pension should be paid at a rate above the Official Poverty Level, to ensure
that people can live in dignity in retirement.

Since December 2008 there have been four meetings of the Pensioners Committee cancelled, in effect,
closing down its work and therefore denying the TUC Equality Commitment of matching the five
strands of the Equality Bill. It is an act of Age Discrimination by the TUC for the Pensioners
Committee not to be properly constituted as are the other four Committees.

This Conference therefore instructs the NEC to mount a campaign within the TUC, along with other
sympathetic Unions to have the Pensioners Committee given equal treatment in the same manner as the
other Equality Groups including a TUC Annual Conference for Retired Trade Union Activists.


Far Right

Conference notes with concern the emergence of far right organisations and in particular the British
National Party and the threat that this group brings to the democracy and freedom of equality for all.
Conference recognises that in order for us to be able to combat the far right we must be prepared to
mobilise against them by attending anti fascist rallies, producing and leafleting anti fascist material and
by constantly and openly presenting arguments against their vile racist, homophobic, misogynistic
views.

Conference agrees that any response to the far right should be a Trade Union lead organised response
and not one that puts activists and members of the public at personal risk. These far right groups are
known to use intimidation, bullying, intrusion and personal goading to attack those who protest against
them and there have been many instances where protestors have been put in dangerous situations when
confronted by them. The often-violent provocations by the far right can also lead to the police
becoming more than usually heavy-handed resulting in further risk to the protestor.

It is the responsibility of the Trade Union movement to address this issue by equipping those who want
to participate in anti-fascist work with the information required to organise without retribution to their
own personal safety.
Therefore this conference instructs the NEC to gather information about properly organising against the
far right, including guidelines on personal safety at rallies and how to respond to the behaviour and
tactics of the far right at these events.


Vestas


This conference condemns the actions of Vestas management in sacking 6oo workers and closing
production at the UK's sole manufacturing plant of onshore wind turbines on the Isle of Wight. We
applaud the heroic stance of the Vestas workers in occupying the plant and building support for their
campaign. They have exposed government hypocrisy on renewable energy and shown it is possible to
build unity in action between trade unionists and environmental campaigners around climate change.

We support their continuing fight to protect their jobs, for decent redundancy payments and for
nationalisation of production at the plant. Public investment in a green industrial base is both affordable
and vital if we are to take decisive action in reducing CO2 emissions and expanding renewable energy.

This conference agree to continue our support for the Vestas workers by sending individual and union
branch messages of support, encouraging donations to the hardship fund, inviting speakers to
community and trade union meetings, working with the RMT, other unions and the Campaign Against
Climate Change in favour of the Vestas workers and promoting trade union action on climate change.
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