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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 December 2020

Unison general secretary ballot closes

Hugo Pierre, photo Josh Asker

Hugo Pierre, photo Josh Asker   (Click to enlarge)

The ballot in the general secretary election in public sector union Unison has closed.

The Socialist Party is backing Hugo Pierre, who is standing on a fighting, socialist programme.

He received the nomination of 31 branches across the country and the different sectors Unison organises, and was also endorsed by the union's National Black Members' Committee.

The result is set to be announced on 11 January. Read the series of articles on the election at socialistparty.org.uk

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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In The Socialist 2 December 2020:


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Spending Review. Unions must resist return to austerity


Spending Review

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News

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Arcadia and Debenhams closures: Nationalise to save jobs and pensions

Scotland: Campaign wins end to period poverty

NHS: Underfunded, understaffed, underpaid

News in brief


Devolution

Where is devolution heading?


Workplace News

Don't let the festive season be one of misery for retail workers

Equity union conference calls for radical change - now lead a fight!

Solidarity with Brighton UCU strike - we won't pay for Covid crisis

East London teachers strike in support of victimised union rep

Heathrow workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

Hackney: Stop plan to halve school support staff!

Pay freeze protest Homerton Hospital

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Environment

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International News

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Marxism

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Wales TUSC plans to mount an electoral challenge

Rent strikers' victory in Manchester student halls

Labour meeting lets MP get away with 'Spycops' abstention

Selling the Socialist

Fighting fund target smashed!


Reader's opinion

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Fast fashion, big profits, low pay

Diego Maradona - Working-class rebel, football genius

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