Left wing activists in the Amicus section of the Unite union are putting themselves forward to be nominated by branches for next year’s national executive elections.
The candidates for the Amicus Unity Gazette group need to be nominated in November and December.
Amicus national executive member Gill George is standing for a health seat. Gill told Socialist Worker, “Our national executive has agreed that the priority for the union is two years of peace for Gordon Brown. Our members in health can’t afford that.
“We need to fight to defend the NHS and lay democracy in the union.”
Raymond Morell, a senior rep in aerospace, is the Amicus Unity Gazette candidate of the London and Eastern region. He told Socialist Worker, “We need a union independent of New Labour, which Amicus-Unite isn’t at the moment.
“I will be available for any branch meeting, shop stewards committee and workplace meeting to speak to the members. I want to speak to reps who want to build a union that puts the members first.”
Jane Stewart, a convenor in the chemicals sector, is seeking nomination for a woman’s seat on the national executive.
She said, “I am currently on the national executive for this position and am putting myself forward again because I have grave concerns about equality issues in the new union.
“The union needs to keep pushing these issues or they will disappear off the agenda.”
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