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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 November 2015

Support for Roger Bannister in Unison election

Unison conference 2009: Roger Bannister, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison conference 2009: Roger Bannister, photo Paul Mattsson

There has been widespread support for Roger Bannister in his campaign to be elected Unison general secretary, with Unison members leafleting workplaces and announcing on social media why they have voted for him.

Bowen Whiteoak, an activist in the West Midlands Community and Voluntary sector branch explained: "I support Roger because he stands for a proper fighting union. We need a leader that will back their words with direct action and won't back down in the face of adversity. Roger is that leader."

Ronnie Job, a Unison member in Swansea announced: "I've voted for a socialist general secretary of Unison on a member's wage."

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 are out now and voting closes 4 December.

Follow the campaign at:

@Roger4UNISON

www.facebook.com/roger4gensec

http://roger4gensec.wordpress.com

Note: the Unison members mentioned were speaking in a personal capacity

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In The Socialist 18 November 2015:


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Support for Roger Bannister in Unison election

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Strike to save Lambeth libraries

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Anger at care home closure


 

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