MEETINGS ARE beginning to take place around the country to organise support for Roger Bannister's campaign in the election for general secretary of the UNISON public sector workers' union. Bannister is mounting a socialist challenge to Dave Prentis, the candidate backed by the union's existing leaders.
Last week saw 34 people from a string of UNISON branches in the north west gather in Manchester to discuss the Bannister campaign. In Newcastle last week a similar meeting took place, with some 30 people from UNISON branches in the area.
THE national UNISON Black Members' Conference was held last week in Bournemouth. The main issue up for debate was the Macpherson report on the Stephen Lawrence inquiry. A vast majority of the delegates believed that the police's behaviour has changed very little since the report was published. Other issues covered included solidarity with the Pakistani trade union movement and the Ford anti-racist strikes at Dagenham, as well as broader UNISON issues such as lay democracy in the union.