Nominations have now closed for elections to the Unite national executive council and the right wing have failed to contest a number of seats.
The new executive of the two million strong union will have 80 seats – 40 from the former Amicus union and 40 from the former T&G union. Candidates supported by the left have been successfully nominated for nearly all the seats.
Things are complicated in the T&G section, where the rules ban organised factions, preventing the left organising openly.
The Amicus Unity Gazette is the broad left grouping in the Amicus section of Unite and is backing a broad coalition of candidates including Socialist Worker supporters, supporters of John McDonnell and people more sympathetic to Gordon Brown.
As Socialist Worker went to press, details of nominations have not been published. But we know that in a number of seats only one candidate secured the necessary nominations, including Ian Allinson (Electrical Engineering, Electronics and IT), John Storey (Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals) and Ray Bazeley (South West).
The Amicus national executive will be asked to declare unopposed candidates elected.
Voting for the remaining seats is expected to take place between 3 and 28 March and many of the seats will be hotly contested. A good showing for the left in the biggest union in Britain would make a real difference.
For more information go to » www.unitenecelections.com