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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 February 2005

UNISON general secretary election: Prentis attacks the opposition


Vote Roger Bannister

Socialist Party member Roger Bannister is standing in the election for general secretary of UNISON.

His policies include opposition to the attacks on pension rights and a campaign for a cross-public sector one-day strike before the general election. He is the only candidate calling for UNISON to break its ties with Labour and build a new trade union-based party.


Prentis attacks the opposition

THE BALLOT for general secretary of UNISON is under way. Dave Prentis, the sitting general secretary, has attacked the other two candidates as "extremists" in his election address.

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He says they are: "backed by revolutionary political parties and factions - the SWP and the Socialist Party (Militant). Both these external, extreme groups... are attempting to hijack our union and use your subscriptions for their extreme political ends."

He then goes on to declare that he is not beholden to anybody but the "members".

But in fact he represents the extreme pro-market, pro-capitalist Labour Party faction in UNISON.

Prentis then brazenly tells his members that: "No money from the union's general funds will be used to support any political party." The fact that UNISON gives the Labour Party at least 1.5 million a year from its Affiliated Political Fund is not mentioned.

Prentis is obviously on the defensive against the charge by general secretary candidate and Socialist Party member Roger Bannister that UNISON's current leadership is too close to the employer - the Labour government and councils.

Roger is the only candidate calling for an ending of the funding of New Labour. Roger's election address calls for no more of UNISON's money for the Labour Party. "It's time to break our ties with Labour and build a new trade union-based party."

The general secretary election ends on 28 February. For more information about the campaign, see www.electrogerbannister.org.uk

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In The Socialist 12 February 2005:

Defend pensions: All out on 23 March

Time to make a stand on pensions

NUT leadership wriggle over pension action

Incapacity benefit: New Labour hits the poor and vulnerable

Bolsover protesters win round one of toxic waste battle

Crisis time in Welsh hospitals

Immigration policy: Labour apes the Tories - again

Longbridge workers still fighting to defend jobs

Left victory in firefighters' union

UNISON general secretary election: Prentis attacks the opposition

Financing the fightback

May Day Greetings

Iraq - mobilise to withdraw the troops

Huge crowd cheers Chavez's radical speech at World Social Forum 2005

Socialism can 'make poverty history'

Northern Ireland decommissioning crisis: The failure of sectarian politics

Slovakia: Multinational victimises trade unionists

Scottish Socialist Party: Clear socialist alternative needed


 

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