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PCS Conference 2022 Civil servants urged to use collective power to resist Tory's ‘elitist and dangerous’ policies

CIVIL servants should continue to use their collective power to resist the Tory government’s “elitist, dangerous” policies, Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union president Fran Heathcote urged today.

Addressing delegates on the opening day of the union’s annual conference in Brighton, Ms Heathcote said that members should not “feel powerless” despite the many challenges facing them.

She said: “We’ve had a global pandemic, a huge cost-of-living crisis, and, if that wasn’t enough, a terrible war in Ukraine.

“We have a nasty right-wing government led by a man that many used to call a buffoon, saw as a figure of fun, good for a laugh, but who’s now exposed as a lying, dangerous, reckless, warmongering, elitist politician.

“But we shouldn’t feel powerless in the face of these issues. We have the collective power to do so much.”

She highlighted the union’s recent legal action which forced Home Secretary Priti Patel into a “humiliating climbdown” over attempts to make PCS members in the Border Force push back refugee boats in the English Channel.

This year’s conference, which is also being held online, is the union’s first in-person meeting since 2019 following coronavirus disruption. 

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