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The HIGHCLIFF, which has also served as temporary PFLCPSA field HQ this week, glittered like a galaxy in the night. The only unpleasant scene was altercation between Assistant General Secretary McCANN and some senior officers of the Revolutionary Command Council, who were insisting that BARRY pick up the tab for their booze in the usual way. McCANN, who is second in line of succession, said that this won't happen when he's boss - though how expects to get there without our favours remains unanswered.
Earlier in the year he was going back up to Scotland with McCANN after an NEC meeting and so they decided to tank up with a litre of whiskey, a crate of beer and a Sainsbury's food hamper. As the train pulled out McCANN went for piss. By the time he'd come back BOYLE had devoured the hampers entire contents leaving MICK to fork out £20 on BR sandwiches.
Earlier in the day I decided to pay a visit to the top table to see what my elders and betters were up to. What should I hear but WILLIAMSON calling McCANN a liar. McCANN advised DANNY to stop drinking and was wittily told to "Fuck off, you wanker". MICK's riposte: "Too many doubles last night, Danny?" enraged his fellow Scot who then invited him to "step outside". McCANN then advised WILLIAMSON to "Fuck off" and DANNY then told MARION to "Get this wanker off my back". All of this took place during the violence at work debate. (Thurs 96)
"Fuck off and crawl up your bosses arse!" Williamson
Questions need to be asked about the appointment of EDDIE REILLY to the freshly created post of PCS Scottish Officer. Conveniently graded to exclude the natural candidate for the job MICHAEL McCANN, who is current Scottish Officer, this really does smack of jobs for the boys. McCANN was never a candidate - nor was anybody else - because the job was not advertised. This is also a bone of contention with other full-timers who, seeing no prospect of suitable vacancies post-merger, opted for redundancy. As of course did REILLY, who even went to the length of taking out a loan, believed to be in the region of £11,000, against his redundancy pay-off .
So what is the forum for answers? Logic dictates that it should be the NEC, which met last week and decided on the appointment. However, it is too much to expect them to behave as adults, particularly when the leading faction (ME 1st) is determined to have its placeman (A Tankie) and the "opposition" (Moderati) are equally determined that either their blue-eyed boy gets the job or it's advertised. A previous NEC had asked BARRY to look into appointing REILLY to the new post, but he had refused. Apparently PETER DONELLAN told him it was his last chance and a further refusal to carry out NEC instructions would be deemed a breach of contract...
A formal motion on the appointment of REILLY was put to the NEC, opposed by BARRY but supported by SHELDON. Though after 17 minutes of vitriolic attack, RAMSBLADDER seemed to have alienated some of his supporters. Before the vote was taken, MARION and the Moderati walked out, anticipating a loss of quorum for the meeting. The tactic failed when 2 "independants" and DEM LEFT stooge MARK MURPHY from Chessington declined to walk, thus, although they did not vote in favour of the motion, they legitimised the vote just by being there. And that is how the post was created and filled over McCANN's head.
MURPHY,although scheduled to walk out, didn't because he said he couldn't see the point. Perhaps he will see the point when the Moderati whip the rug from under his feet at the next election. LEO BRIGHTLEY who is supposed to be in charge of the DIM LEFT on the NEC will have some explaining to do to his Moderati paymasters (again) about his insubordinate lad. McCANN is not inconsiderably upset and is threatening to consult m'learned friends.
So,why did the GREAT SCOT pull the trapdoor so soon? He knew that under threat of the sack, he couldn't put off a decision about REILLY indefinitely, but how long is indefinitely? Well, until the February NEC would have done nicely because by that time EDDIES early retirement package would be sorted, and that would have made it much more difficult for ME1st to railroad their "decision" through. And why are ME1st supporting a TANKIE for the post? Apparently they're a sentimental lot, and on hearing that a long serving (executive constituency) official was having to take an early bath to return to his bonny lass and we'ans in the country of the brave, decided to see him alright, and sod the current (clerical constituency) incumbent.
We are assured that the fact that REILLY and Peter DONNELLAN are drinking buddies has no relevance to any decisions past, present or future. About anything. At all.
McCANN meanwhile fumes on. It seems there's not much he can do except grin and bear it - he hasn't exactly endeared himself to DONNELLAN - at their introductory meeting McCANN threw up in the ashtray. Taking PCS to anEmployment Tribunal (post CROTUM) would probably result in a pay-off of £15K and no prospect of a similar sinecure anywhere else. Ever.
Legal challenges by MICK aside, perhaps the ordinary member might enquire why a superfluous post has been created at a level outside the provisions of the rule book, which allows for the post of Scottish Officer at Assistant Secretary level only. This matter and the functions of the new post are obviously exercising minds immeasurably greater than ours because REILLY has not yet received a posting date and when approached by PFLCPSA Agents on the subject tapped the side of his nose, adding mysteriously "Wait and see..".
That being said, the latest half page spread in the Scotsman (7/7/99) puffing McCann and slagging off Reilly is attributed to "one union source" but does at least convey an approximation of the real story (see Judas passim).
McCanny is suing under Scottish Law, claiming £150,000 (3 tanker loads of lager, should last till the millennium) in the Court of Sessions, and is also taking the union to an IT. Barry is quoted as saying, "We will be vigorously defending the executive's view that his contract has not been breached." Using his corporate mask in this way allows the great man to keep his true feelings in check.
Sheldon, the alternative GS, thinks it's all a storm in a teacup - after all, wasn't Reilly his DGS for 8 years - and endearingly, doesn't believe that politics has anything to do with it. The Scotsman drones on about this "potentially damaging internal dispute, affecting the highest echelons of the union" without elaboration other than to point up traditional rivalry between Glasgow (McCann) and Edinburgh (Reilly), but the situation does hide some delicious side effects.
Current President Peter Donnellan always made it clear that he was only going to do a single term cos it would otherwise interfere with his chosen career of overpaid MANDARIN. He is now qualifying this by saying he will make the ultimate sacrifice and stay on (surely, "stand for re-election, ed) if the Union is engaged fighting any Court case at the time.
An East Kilbride councillor is at the centre of a legal battle with his trade union employers. Councillor Michael McCann has taken the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) to an industrial tribunal, claiming they unfairly dismissed him from his top-level post.
Once the tribunal ends, Councillor McCann also plans to raise a civil action through the Court of Session in Edinburgh, suing the union for £150,000 to cover the loss of earnings and status he is suffering as a result of the loss of his job.
However, last week after the tribunal hearing had lasted four days, three of which Councillor McCann spent in the witness box, it was adjourned until October due to pressure of business.
Councillor McCann, whose action has the support of many members of the PCS and of his own trade union, the General, Municipal and Boilermakers Union started his legal battle after he was demoted from the post of Scottish secretary of the union to that of depute.
During his evidence to the tribunal in Glasgow last week, Labour Councillor McCann who was elected to represent the Mossneuk /Kittoch ward on South Lanarkshire Council in May last year, outlined how he had worked as Scottish secretary with the Civil and Public Services Association from 1992 until they merged with the Public Services Tax and Commerce Union (PTC) in I998 and became the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).
He was then joint Scottish secretary with his counterpart in the PTC until the latter opted for retirement, leaving Councillor McCann as top Scottish official for the merged union.
However in December 1998, the national executive of the new union decided to appoint their deputy general secretary to the post of Scottish secretary and to demote Councillor McCann to the post of his depute, a moves which resulted in almost half the national executive walking out.
The move was fiercely contested by Mr McCann. Mr McCann told the tribunal last week that he had continued to fulfil his duties as Scottish secretary until June 1, last year. These duties had entailed him in working to help set up the Scottish Parliament.
Although there was no question about Mr McCann's abilities to carry out the job, on June 1, Mr McCann said he was ordered to carry out more mundane and less testing duties with a considerable loss in status and prestige.
His demotion to depute also cost him an expected rise in salary of around £6000 a year and led to considerable protest by union members and officials.
He had also lodged a claim for unfair dismissal, a claim the union emphatically deny. It is this claim which is being heard by the tribunal.
Although unwilling to comment on his claim while the tribunal is on going, Councillor McCann told the News: "The action I have taken is more in sorrow than in anger. All I want is my job back."
There was also a crap unscannable picture from the same august publication which captioned it "Sorrow - Councillor Michael McCann".
So, McCanngate drags on - the loquacious Caledonian oaf droned for 3 days before the tribunal chair gave up in despair and adjourned proceedings til October, thus ensuring the whole affair can form a suitably poisonous backdrop to Conference. Afterwards, McCANNY took out an onion before telling reporters he had taken the case "more in sorrow than in anger" and that he wasn't interested in the money - he "just wanted his job back". McCANNY studies porcine aviation in his, still considerable, spare time.
Meanwhile, can there be any truth in rumours that a whole host of BARRY's BOYS have taken out similar cases?? Can JAYSON SLOSH and the PORTLY PAUL SMITH really be following McCANNY's example and suing PCS for loss of earnings, status et al? "Barry promised me SNO status in the pub one night, so where is it you bastards?", being the gist of the alleged cases?
I think we should be told...How much has this cost the members so far? How much is it likely to cost?
May 01- THE FINALE?
That's what the local paper said. McCanny is now flavour of the month with his bank manager in exchange for no further laundry expeditions. Anyway, he hasn't got any friends left since his mentor Barry decided to spend more time with his golf clubs. McCann also joins that elite band (SKIPPY) of PCS workers who have "lost" an ET against the employer. Next time, take 'em to Court for incompetence or blatant nepotism.
The Union as an employer is useless and riven with Snout in Trough disease and has adopted all the worst practices and excesses of its predecessor unions. It's about time Serwotka started sweeping away the detritus, but he hasn't got any political muscle because his lefty mates all want to do their own thing, and they can't control him, nor he them.