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The Socialist 16 June 2021

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The Socialist issue 1138

Left candidate needed for Unite general secretary election

Majority of BFAWU members vote to break from Labour

Right lose control in Unison NEC election

Sparks win victory!

Engineers in fourth week of strike action against huge fire-and-rehire attacks

Leicester University workers strike against redundancies

PCS conference 2021: Divide between union leaders and rank-and-file exposed

Socialist Party to the fore at Unison LG conference

Redbridge school walkout over victimised union rep


Underpaid and overworked - NHS workers say: 'Enough is enough'

Now is the time to fight for the NHS

Save Leicester General Hospital


Will Biden's new foreign policy change the direction of US imperialism?

Tamil Solidarity asylum victory

Who represents the Palestinians?

International solidarity protests


Make vaccine technology public, nationalise big-pharma

Schools need resources to tackle 'routine' sexual harassment

Neonatal leave introduced: Unions must fight for extensions and full pay

Beth Roper inquest: Train company failures ignored

Birmingham Clean Air Zone a tax on the poor

Johnson's G7 hypocrisy

Pandemic homeless


Enfield byelection: We need councillors prepared to resist

Queues at Socialist Party stall in Cov

National finance meeting


Women's health matters

Books that inspired me: The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists

Readers' comments

 
 
 
 
 

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Right lose control in Unison national executive council election

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The election results have been announced for the national executive of public sector union Unison, the body that controls and leads the union between conferences. It is this body, that over many years, has been used to block any real fightback over jobs, pay and conditions and the body that has been used to witchhunt good, fighting socialists.

The right has lost control of the national executive council with the 'Time for Real Change' group and the Socialist Party taking 41 of the 68 seats, not including those elected who supported Roger McKenzie in the general secretary election. The result shows that the active membership who voted want a fighting and democratic union.

This is now the opportunity to show what a left leadership can do.

The first test will be the immediate election of the presidents of the union which are elected by the national executive council. Socialist Party members on the NEC call for the left to immediately come together to discuss putting up a full slate for the elections due to take place in just over a week's time to ensure that the executive council is run democratically and not left in the pocket of the bureaucracy.

The executive council also elects its delegates to the Trades Union Congress general council, the highest union body in the UK. Too often Unison has filled too many of its seats with highly paid unelected full-time officials. That should end, and only elected officers and members should hold those seats.

This would give the opportunity for the union to link up with other fighting trade unionists in the likes of transport union RMT, where together they could begin to draw up a fighting programme to ensure that workers are not allowed to continue to pay the price for Covid-19 in terms of their jobs pay and conditions.

The third set of elections is to vote out those who have tried to control the policy and democracy of the union through the executive council sub-committees by electing chair persons that will act in the interest of members not the bureaucracy.


Unison and PCS conferences Zoom fringe meeting

Fight the public sector pay freeze campaign
For coordinated action by public sector unions

  • Joined by NEU members. All welcome!
  • Sunday 13 June at 6pm
  • Speakers include Hugo Pierre. Chaired by April Ashley
  • Zoom ID: 879 2885 4998 Passcode 739407

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 11 June 2021 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Trade unions and workplace

Left candidate needed for Unite general secretary election

Majority of BFAWU members vote to break from Labour

Right lose control in Unison NEC election

Sparks win victory!

Engineers in fourth week of strike action against huge fire-and-rehire attacks

Leicester University workers strike against redundancies

PCS conference 2021: Divide between union leaders and rank-and-file exposed

Socialist Party to the fore at Unison LG conference

Redbridge school walkout over victimised union rep


NHS

Underpaid and overworked - NHS workers say: 'Enough is enough'

Now is the time to fight for the NHS

Save Leicester General Hospital


International news

Will Biden's new foreign policy change the direction of US imperialism?

Tamil Solidarity asylum victory

Who represents the Palestinians?

International solidarity protests


News

Make vaccine technology public, nationalise big-pharma

Schools need resources to tackle 'routine' sexual harassment

Neonatal leave introduced: Unions must fight for extensions and full pay

Beth Roper inquest: Train company failures ignored

Birmingham Clean Air Zone a tax on the poor

Johnson's G7 hypocrisy

Pandemic homeless


Campaigns and party news

Enfield byelection: We need councillors prepared to resist

Queues at Socialist Party stall in Cov

National finance meeting


Readers' opinion

Women's health matters

Books that inspired me: The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists

Readers' comments


 

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