SIR KEN Jackson, Tony Blair's favourite union leader and arch right winger, is being forced to fight an election for general secretary for the first time in seven years. 'It's like a thunderbolt for Ken Jackson to be challenged by anyone to the left of him,' says Willie Black, a member of the AEEU section of Amicus.
Amicus was formed in January by a merger of the MSF and AEEU unions. Jackson faces a serious challenge from Derek Simpson, backed by the left in Amicus. Jackson supports no-strike legislation and privatisation. He crushed democracy inside the AEEU where all officials are appointed, not elected.
Only ex-AEEU members will be allowed to vote in the election. Simpson isn't from the same political background as left wing union leaders Mark Serwotka or Bob Crow. But a defeat for Jackson will send shock waves across the trade union movement and New Labour. AEEU members should vote for Derek Simpson.
Nominate Simpson at your April branch meeting. A minimum of 15 branches' nominations are needed by the end of April. Any AEEU member can demand a branch meeting if one is not scheduled.
Phone the campaign on 0114 236 1419 or email [email protected]
Election rallies in Preston on 17 March, Scotland on 23 March, London on 24 March, Gateshead on 27 March, and Bristol on 7 April.