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The Socialist 22 July 2020

Fight for our livelihoods... fight for our lives!

The Socialist issue 1096

Fight for our livelihoods... fight for our lives!

Fight for the NHS

Huawei: what's behind Johnson's latest u-turn?

Mandatory masks in shops law: workers must not pay the price

Luton Council sunk by airport investment: fight for funding, not speculation!

Tories using pandemic to privatise NHS more

Them & Us


Hugely significant Tower Hamlets council workers' strike continues

Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary


Housing crisis: what now and after the pandemic?


United Left general secretary hustings shows widest debate needed for left in Unite

Nationalise Tata Steel to save jobs

Online rally: Fight the London transport funding cuts!

Continue the fight to protect safety

Debenhams: Fighting closures and redundancies


Time to relaunch TUSC


I joined the Socialist Party to fight back

Wales arts cuts: Save every job

Trade unionists and artists stand with Maxine Peake

Bristol trans rights protest

Getting the Socialist over the summer


Saving the music industry from pandemic and austerity


Iran: Renewed wave of protests and strikes

Israel: Nurses strike and win


100 years since the foundation of the Communist Party of Great Britain


Exciting Cuban spy thriller exposes US-sponsored terrorism

The Socialist inbox

 
 
 
 
 

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Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary

For a fighting, democratic general secretary, on a workers' wage!

Hugo Pierre speaking at an anti-racism demo 18.3.17, photo Paula Mitchell

Hugo Pierre speaking at an anti-racism demo 18.3.17, photo Paula Mitchell   (Click to enlarge)

The worst-kept secret in public sector union Unison is finally out. Right-wing general secretary Dave Prentis has announced that he doesn't intend to stand in the next general secretary election and will leave office.

He leaves a legacy of failures. He has not led any serious national fight against the decimation of local government, mass privatisation of public services, and endemic low pay - all brutally exposed in the coronavirus pandemic.

In order to cover up his failings, and to silence any opposition, Prentis also embarked on witch-hunts and attacks on democracy in the union. Members now have an opportunity to reclaim their union with a fighting and democratic leader.

While no candidates have formally announced yet, it looks like two from within the bureaucracy will try and inherit his crown, both of whom have not once challenged or opposed his regime, and deserve no support.

In stark contrast, the Socialist Party's Hugo Pierre, a local government worker and current elected member of the national executive council, is looking to be the candidate of the left.

Hugo has already faced elections in ballots of the entire membership, having successfully won and held his national black members' seat on a number of occasions.

Hugo has pledged to stand on a fighting and democratic programme capable of taking on the Tories, and has said he will not take the 138,000 a year salary, instead pledging to only take an average worker's wage if elected.

Hugo's programme

  • We won't pay for the Covid-19 crisis!
  • Local authorities: a national fight for 10 billion funding - fight all cuts and demand Labour councillors don't vote for cuts
  • For a renationalised NHS and social care sector with full collective bargaining and national terms and conditions
  • Reverse all education privatisation. Academies back to local authorities. Full funding for further and higher education
  • For a real fight on public sector pay to reverse the 'austerity years' pay cuts - for a 15-an-hour minimum wage
  • Fight for jobs and homes, not racism. Black lives matter!
  • Not a penny of members' money to Labour representatives who back cuts, privatisation or austerity
  • For genuine members' control of our union, with the election of union officials
  • For a trade union fight to end environmental catastrophe
  • A pledge not to take the 138,000-a-year salary. but live on a worker's wage

In this issue


News

Fight for our livelihoods... fight for our lives!

Fight for the NHS

Huawei: what's behind Johnson's latest u-turn?

Mandatory masks in shops law: workers must not pay the price

Luton Council sunk by airport investment: fight for funding, not speculation!

Tories using pandemic to privatise NHS more

Them & Us


Unison

Hugely significant Tower Hamlets council workers' strike continues

Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary


No going back

Housing crisis: what now and after the pandemic?


Workplace news

United Left general secretary hustings shows widest debate needed for left in Unite

Nationalise Tata Steel to save jobs

Online rally: Fight the London transport funding cuts!

Continue the fight to protect safety

Debenhams: Fighting closures and redundancies


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Time to relaunch TUSC


Campaigns

I joined the Socialist Party to fight back

Wales arts cuts: Save every job

Trade unionists and artists stand with Maxine Peake

Bristol trans rights protest

Getting the Socialist over the summer


Music

Saving the music industry from pandemic and austerity


International news

Iran: Renewed wave of protests and strikes

Israel: Nurses strike and win


Communist Party

100 years since the foundation of the Communist Party of Great Britain


Readers' opinion

Exciting Cuban spy thriller exposes US-sponsored terrorism

The Socialist inbox


 

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