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From: The Socialist issue 977, 10 January 2018: NHS SOS - march and strike

Search site for keywords: Usdaw - Union - Election - Zero-hour contracts - Council - Low pay - Tesco - Retail - Minimum wage

Amy Murphy for Usdaw president - vote for a fighting and democratic union

Usdaw members including Amy Murphy (right) at the start of the March 2017 NHS demo, photo Usdaw Activist

Usdaw members including Amy Murphy (right) at the start of the March 2017 NHS demo, photo Usdaw Activist   (Click to enlarge)

Socialist Party members in Usdaw

Elections for the new president of Usdaw, the shop and distribution workers' union, take place from 15 January with Socialist Party member Amy Murphy running to give the union a fighting leadership. That the union needs one is clear - the major supermarkets that Usdaw organises in have attacked terms and conditions and cut jobs in recent years, while the problems of zero-hour contracts and low pay are endemic in retail.

Amy previously ran for the position in 2015 and received 45% of the vote and goes into this election after 46 branches nominated her. She has been on the Usdaw executive council for six years and a rep in Tesco for 24 years.

Amy is fighting the election on a programme of capaigning for a 10 an hour minimum wage for all immediately, an end to the erosion of terms and conditions, an end to zero-hour contracts, supporting members when they want to take industrial action, and fighting to make Usdaw a democratic, member-led union. Amy is running as part of a Broad Left slate in the executive council elections which are also taking place.

Amy says: "As a shop worker, listening to members, I am aware of the unacceptable pressure being applied to staff of all grades to deliver, while still being expected to raise a smile! I strongly believe that the time has come to stand up to the companies you and I work for. Usdaw cannot carry on as it is, punching below its weight, while members live daily with the threat of cuts to pay and conditions."

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