I’m not entirely sure that the potential merger between PCS and Unite has been confirmed before by any senior figure from either union: until today. Mark Serwotka, head of the PCS, told us in an interview today that he wanted to deepen the “ever closer developing relationship” the pair had formed since signing a co-operation deal a year ago. He also pointed out that his union had a similar deal with Unison which had not gone so well.
There are wider political consequences. While both unions are not in formal merger talks, as Serwotka made clear, any future deal would be of great concern to the Labour party. Why? Because Unite, with about 1.5m members, is the party’s biggest donor. The PCS, with nearly 300,000 members, is a vocal critic of the party for its relatively centrist approach. Read more