Voting has started in the elections for the Unison national executive.
The Unison United Left is calling for support for its own candidates and other candidates of the left.
These are crucial questions that will determine the leadership given over issues such as the 2 percent pay limit, the defence of the NHS, single status and pensions – as well as wider issues such as the war, the attitude to the Labour Party and the fight against racism.
Too often the present Unison leaders have held back, leaving many to feel that they put their relationship to Labour ministers before the members’ interests.
For the national positions vote:
- Local government – Mandy Berger, Emma Goodall, Paul Holmes, Glenn Kelly
- Health – Kate Ahrens, Alison Brown, Paul Harper, Len Hockey
- Transport – Tony Wilson
- Higher Education – Tom Silverlock
- Young Members – Daniel Roberts
- Additional members – Raph Parkinson
There are also elections in each region. Here left candidates include:
- Greater London –
Female seats: Marsha Jane Thompson, Phoebe Watkins
Male seat: Jon Rogers
- South West –
Female seat: Chrissie Gardner
- Northern –
Male seat: Alan Docherty
- North West –
Female seats: Bernadette Gallagher, Frances Kelly
- South East –
Female seats: Diana Leach, Jessie Russel.
Male seat: Mike Tucker
- East Midlands –
Male seat: Richard Buckwell
Tony Staunton is not on the ballot paper for the South West region of Unison in the elections – because he’s been blocked from standing.
He is under investigation by Unison, over alleged actions that he completely denies. Yet no verdict has been delivered in his case. The main hearing is yet to be held, let alone any subsequent appeals.
If this process is upheld, a majority on the executive could simply bar anyone they dislike from elections by suspending them.
Send messages of support to Tony.Staunton@blueyonder.co.uk
For full details of candidates email firstname.lastname@example.org