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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 September 2020

Unison: Hugo Pierre is on the ballot - vote for a fighting socialist!

Socialist Party & Unison NEC member   Hugo Pierre (centre), alongside others, taking part in the 8 August health workers' protests for a 15% pay increase. Photo Sarah SE

Socialist Party & Unison NEC member Hugo Pierre (centre), alongside others, taking part in the 8 August health workers' protests for a 15% pay increase. Photo Sarah SE   (Click to enlarge)

Hugo Pierre, a Socialist Party member and candidate for Unison general secretary, is on the ballot paper for the election after receiving the nomination of 31 branches across the country and the different sectors Unison organises.

Hugo is also endorsed by the union's National Black Members' Committee.

The ballot will run from 28 October to 27 November 2020.

Hugo is standing on the following programme:


Rules introduced by Unison to clamp down on democratic debate in the union mean that candidates for union elections cannot 'invite or accept' support 'in money or kind' from any entity which 'is not provided for in Unison rules'. This article has been produced without the authorisation of Hugo Pierre, in order to comply with these requirements.

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