High Court settles union leadership row

The
High Court has ruled that Mark Serwotka is the official General Secretary of
the Public and Commercial Services Union.

The
court ruled that the outgoing General Secretary, Barry Reamsbottom, had no legal
right to remain in office after his five-year term ended on 31 May 2002.

Reamsbottom
had declared Serwotka’s victory void at a National Executive committee,
claiming the election was unlawful.

However
Serwotka, PCS General secretary, said he was pleased that the court accepted
his victory as valid: "I was elected General Secretary on a programme of
defending PCS members’ jobs, re-establishing national civil service pay and
conditions and opposing privatisation.

"PCS
will now continue working for high quality public services and improving the
service that the union provides to members and representatives at the
workplace," he said.

www.pcs.org.uk

By Ross Wigham

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