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Vote left in Unison national executive elections

Issue No. 2047

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

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.

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Tue 17 Apr 2007, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2047
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