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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 October 2015

For a fighting and democratic Unison general secretary, vote Roger Bannister

Socialist Party member Roger Bannister is standing for election as general secretary of Unison.

Roger, Unison branch secretary in Knowsley, is a lifelong socialist and anti-austerity activist who has committed to mobilise opposition to the attacks coming from this vicious Tory government.

Recently Roger has condemned the actions of both Hull and North Lanarkshire councils for their attacks on trade unions and workers.

Speaking about Hull City Council's decision to make five full time union convenors redundant (see left) Roger said: "I have always been prepared to work alongside Labour councillors who opposed cuts in words and deeds in the council chamber. I welcomed the election of Jeremy Corbyn as a great step forward for the anti-austerity movement. Hull councillors should follow his message. I also ask Jeremy Corbyn to intervene directly to support the unions."

North Lanarkshire has announced plans to axe 1,100 jobs (10% of its workforce). Roger has expressed solidarity with Unison members in North Lanarkshire and committed to fight attacks and cuts like these if elected.

Roger has said: "Unison cannot carry on as it is, punching below its weight, while members live daily with the threat of redundancy and cuts to pay and conditions."

If you are a Unison member and agree that Unison needs a fighting strategy to beat the cuts and win victories for members, we urge you to vote for Roger Bannister.

Ballot papers will be hitting doorsteps from 9 November and voting closes 4 December.

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In The Socialist 29 October 2015:


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Hinkley deal - no point in nuclear

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First new grammar school in 50 years bolsters elitism

Them & Us

What we saw


International socialist news and analysis

Israeli government fans the flames of conflict

CWI news in brief


Socialist Party youth and students

What are the lessons of the 2010 student movement?

South African student solidarity demo

Students march in Leeds for free education


Workplace news and analysis

Steel industry and the battle for jobs

For a fighting and democratic Unison general secretary, vote Roger Bannister

Morrisons workers deserve fair pay and conditions

Hull council in aggressive attack on union convenors

Kill the Bill!

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Film review: Suffragette

Teachers and 'growth mindset'

Townsend Productions presents two critically acclaimed pieces of socialist theatre


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fund the fight for socialism at home and internationally

TUSC councillor calls for local Labour to back Corbyn's anti-cuts stance

Housing crisis on the agenda for Socialist Party in Reading


 

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