Branches will be aware of our previous successful Make Your Vote Count (MYVC) campaigns.
MYVC allows us to raise our industrial issues as part of our ongoing national campaign with candidates standing in elections and publish their responses to our members so that they can consider them before they decide who to vote for.
We intend to run the campaign again this year to raise our issues in the forthcoming Scottish, Welsh and English local elections and also the GLA and mayoral elections taking place in London.
We also intend to pilot a new constituency- based approach that will allow us to meet with MPs on a more regular basis and be more effective in our campaigns.
Campaign materials for MYVC will be produced and distributed to branches to enable activists to deliver the activities below and they will also be available on these pages.
This briefing marks the start of the campaign and details actions we want branches to take.
It is crucial that all PCS members are registered to vote and that they use their vote to make the MYVC campaign successful. Therefore we ask branches to encourage members, potential members and their friends and families to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote for all elections is 18 April.
The elections are taking place on 3 May so branches are being urgently asked to appoint a branch MYVC co-ordinator who will:
Branch co-ordinators have a vital role to play in order to make the campaign a success.
Once the branch co-ordinator is in place please can branches pass their details to the regional/national MYVC campaign co-ordinator whose details are below.
Specific training/planning sessions for branch MYVC co-ordinators will be arranged and held in regional/national offices and will give co-ordinators the skills and confidence to run the campaign locally.
The NEC have agreed four pledges that we will be asking candidates standing in the elections to support.
The leaders of the main Westminster parties have been asked to support our pledges. Their responses when received will be published on our website.
32 Scottish and 21 Welsh councils are up for election in 2012, along with 128 council elections across England and the election for the London Assembly and Mayor.
Each party leader for every council where elections are taking place should be asked to support our pledges and the responses will be published on our website. Each region will also select at least one council to focus on and challenge all the candidates standing for election and hold a question time meeting.
This council will be selected based on where there are significant issues for cuts to jobs and public services; whether there are local activists to take the campaign forward; past MYVC activity where candidates engaged in our campaign and this is a chance to hold them to account; where the far right are presenting a significant electoral threat; or where the particular political targets are present.
You can get guidance on holding these events from your regional/national office.
Funding to hold the events will be provided, but must be agreed by the head of campaigns, Laura Cockram – email@example.com or 020 7801 2820 because we have to legally report any expenditure for question time events to the electoral commission.
The BNP and the British Freedom Party are likely to pose a threat in some seats and anti-fascist work will take place where there is a high profile threat from the far right in an individual area.
Where this arises branches should work with their regional/national MYVC co-ordinator and other organisations such as Unite Against Fascism, Hope not Hate, Love Music Hate Racism and local groups to expose the racist policies of the BNP, ensure our issues are raised as part of the election and encourage as many members and their friends and families to vote to stop the BNP from wining.
As a matter of urgency branches should:
From March onwards branches should:
From late March onwards branches should:
In June a membership ballot will be held on our political campaigning. The ballot will seek support for MYVC, our political lobbying work, and for the proposal, endorsed by ADC, that we should stand or support candidates in elections in exceptional circumstances where no other candidate supports PCS's policies and an intervention in an election would further our campaigns to defend members' jobs, pay, pensions, and public services.
This was issued to all branches as BB/14/12 on 30 January 2012