Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/951/25564

From The Socialist newspaper, 31 May 2017

Certification officer confirms that Unison did break the rules in general secretary election

Unison's right-wing general secretary Dave Prentis, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison's right-wing general secretary Dave Prentis, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Roger Bannister, Unison general secretary election candidate 2015

Following the reelection of right-wing incumbent general secretary Dave Prentis in December 2015, three of the candidates who opposed him - myself, Unison local government head Heather Wakefield, John Burgess - Greater London NEC member Jon Rogers, and others complained to the certification officer about rule breaking by the pro-Prentis camp during the election.

The certification officer is a government official that maintains a register of trade unions and employers' organisations, and has certain powers to enforce the upholding of the rules of a trade union.

While the complaints were varied, the most important one was common to all applicants - that a staff meeting called by the regional secretary of Greater London in order to tell staff to campaign for Prentis breached the rule that forbids the use of Unison resources, including staff time, to campaign for any candidate in the election. This complaint was upheld.

A similar complaint about the misuse of another staff meeting in London was partially upheld, on the basis that the Greater London regional secretary told her subordinate staff that Prentis was the only credible candidate.

The ruling by the assistant certification officer Judge Mary Stacey, is in places damning of Unison. Comments like "the collusion of the Greater London regional management team and other staff members was deeply concerning", "the demonisation of Ms Wakefield", "the attempted humiliation of Mr Rogers", indicate that the true nature of the Unison bureaucracy was understood.

Despite this, it is unfortunate that the certification officer did not see fit to order Unison to rerun the election, largely on the basis of insufficient evidence that the problem went beyond the Greater London region.

Unison activists should read this ruling, and prepare to raise the important issues in it at Unison's forthcoming conference, ensuring in the process that it is properly understood by delegates, in the face of a spin campaign by the bureaucracy to make it look like a positive outcome for them!

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 31 May 2017:


What we think

Mobilise for a mass movement after 8 June

How can Corbyn's programme be implemented?


Socialist Party news and analysis

After 8 June: build the socialist fightback

Workers warned BA boss of tech failure danger

Families to have 15,000 debt by 2020 - trade union action needed

Tories and Blairites in pockets of big business: kick them out!


Fighting Tory schools cuts

Struggle can beat Tories' outlandish 7% cuts to schools

Fighting Tory cuts to the schools budget


International socialist news and analysis

South Africa: burning anger


Workplace news and analysis

PCS conference: Confident delegates back fighting strategy and Jeremy Corbyn

Certification officer confirms that Unison did break the rules in general secretary election

Gains for left in Unison national executive election

Shortened GMB conference to hear pro-Corbyn and anti-austerity motions

Strike action to save Sheffield Jobcentre

Union stops finance for anti-Corbyn Labour MP

Manchester housing workers' strike solid

Bully bosses' zero-hour backdown

National Shop Stewards Network conference 2017


Tory attacks on mental health care

Fight the Tory cuts and changes that take mental health back to Bedlam


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Don't wait! Join the Socialist Party to transform society

Electric atmosphere at Jeremy Corbyn rally in Glasgow

Why I joined: "To fight for an end to tuition fees and cuts"

Manchester socialists campaigning against war, racism, terrorism and austerity

Socialist Party hosts pro-Corbyn rally in Southampton

Student occupation at Chelsea College of Arts

North Bristol: angry march in defence of the NHS

Book launch meeting: showing the Socialist Party's active participation in events past and present

Women and austerity - scrap the 'rape clause'


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

June 1917: when workers in Britain first tried to form soviets

Heroic socialist fighters who sang as ship went down - new memorial

Corbyn's policies could help fight unhappiness for LGBT+ people

Obituary: Rhodri Morgan 1939-2017, architect of the 'Welsh Labour' brand

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 31 May 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Unison:

triangleBrighton Uni lecturers strike against job cuts

triangleLeeds college workers protest poor pay rises

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

triangleUnison attacks Barts deal after failing to ballot their members for strike action

Election:

triangleThe Socialist's 2017 quiz

triangleBlairite horror and Labour's divisions graphically exposed

triangleCorbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangleCorbyn must challenge pro-gentrification council leader or others will

Bureaucracy:

triangleVenezuela: Capitalist offensive sharpens after assembly elections

triangleRussia 1917: how art helped make the revolution

triangleCuts, profit and bureaucracy lead to 50% rise in mental health deaths

Roger Bannister:

triangleLiverpool city region mayor election - almost 8,000 votes for TUSC

triangleMersey metro-mayor TV debate

Dave Prentis:

triangleThe left unions and the Labour Party affiliation debate

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

14/12/17

Waltham Forest

Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

13/12/17

London

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

12/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

triangle13 Dec Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

EU parliament, Strasbourg

triangle13 Dec Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

More ...

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

triangle6 Jan Socialist Party national women's meeting

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2