AFTER almost two years of talks, the Electoral Commission’s chief executive, Peter Wardle, has signed a joint agreement with PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka giving the union full representational and negotiating rights.
Staff at the commission, which was founded in 2000, promote integrity and public confidence in the democratic process. They regulate party and election finance and set standards for well-run elections.
As the agreement was being signed off, the call went out for nominations from members for candidates to stand for branch positions. The outcome of these elections will be announced at the inaugural annual meeting on 8th November.
Welcoming the commission on board, Mark noted that these elections would probably be the most efficient and well run in the union’s history. He also thanked members for their perseverance and determination to win recognition.
PCS London and South East organiser Keith Johnston said: “This is an exciting day for staff in the commission. We have an enthusiastic and committed group of members here who are eager to get on with organising and representing their colleagues.
“Recognition allows them to now access full training with PCS and become part of the wider national union.”