Mark Serwotka

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Mark Serwotka (/ˈsɛərvtkə/; born 26 April 1963)[1] is General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), the trade union for British civil servants.

Early life[edit]

Born in a Catholic orphanage in Cardiff, Wales, he was adopted by a Polish British father and a Welsh mother.[2]

Career[edit]

Aged sixteen, he joined the Civil Service, and started work as a benefits clerk, joining the union on the first day.[citation needed]

Election as general secretary[edit]

Serwotka became a union representative in 1980 and a personal case officer in 1995.[3]

In the 2000 election that saw Serwotka elected General Secretary, he initially faced two rival candidates: Hugh Lanning of the Membership First faction and the incumbent Barry Reamsbottom of the National Moderate Group.[4] However, Reamsbottom did not secure the fifty branch nominations needed to appear on the ballot paper. Serwotka then beat Lanning with 41,000 to 33,000 votes.[5]

Following Serwotka's election, Reamsbottom refused to step down when his term of office expired, citing what he claimed were legal irregularities in the election process.[6] The dispute was taken to the High Court where Serwotka won and subsequently assumed office.[7][8] In December 2009, Serwotka was re-elected for a five-year term, gaining 37,866 votes against Rob Bryson's 21,883.[9]

In the 2000 General Secretary election, Serwotka pledged that if elected he would only accept the equivalent of an average civil servant's wage. Serwotka returns around £8,000 of his annual salary to the union.[2] In 2011, his total package was worth £126,258 including pension contributions of £27,860.[10]

Political views[edit]

Serwotka was a member of Socialist Organiser in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was later a supporter of the Socialist Alliance and then Respect.[11]

In February 2013, Serwotka was among those who gave their support to the People's Assembly in a letter published by The Guardian newspaper.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Married, Serwotka is an avid Cardiff City fan and lives in Chipstead, Surrey.[13]

Ahead of a visit by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010, Serwotka was named as one of the hundred most influential Catholics in Britain by The Tablet.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2014. "Mr Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, Public and Commercial Services Union, 49" 
  2. ^ a b "Union boss Mark Serwotka hits out at 'fat cat' claims over £86,000 salary". Wales Online. 24 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mark Serwotka". Debretts. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  4. ^ Osler, David (18 July 2002). "PCS Conspiracy Flashback: TUCETU, IRIS, and TRUEMID". 
  5. ^ Foot, Paul (29 May 2002). "Hard to say goodbye". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ Maguire, Kevin (24 May 2002). "Union leader refuses to quit". The Guardian (London). 
  7. ^ "Left-winger wins union court battle". BBC News. 31 July 2002. 
  8. ^ "Case No: HC 02CO1433 Neutral Citation Number: [2002] EWHC 1642 Ch In the High Court of Justice Chancery Division". 31 July 2002. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mark Serwotka re-elected". PCS News centre. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Annual Return for a Trade Union". http://www.certoffice.org. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Key players in the union movement". BBC News. 5 September 2007. 
  12. ^ People's Assembly opening letter http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/feb/05/people-assembly-against-austerity 5 February 2013, The Guardian Newspaper.
  13. ^ Owen, Glen (26 June 2011). "Strike leader has £26,159 paid into his pension pot every year (the average salary of his members is £22,850)". Daily Mail (London). 
  14. ^ Bates, Stephen (14 September 2010). "The church that Pope Benedict will find in Britain". The Guardian. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Barry Reamsbottom
General Secretary of the PCS
2002 - present
Succeeded by
incumbent