There is a political crisis at the top of the Unite union with an emergency executive council last week agreeing to delay the full merger of the former T&G and Amicus sections for six months.
The union has called an election for general secretary in the Amicus section.
This is clearly intended to strengthen the postion of Derek SImpson the current general secretary of the Amicus section.
Last week the media started to report “tensions” between Unite’s joint leaders Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley.
However, Unite released a statement in which it said that Simpson and Woodley share a “warm personal friendship”.
The deal done during the merger meant that Simpson would retire a year late, in 2010, and Woodley would retire a year early, in 2011.
There is much frustration in the union over how the effect of the row over the nature of the merger is affecting how the union is representing its members.
A selection meeting for a left candidate in the Amicus section election will take place at 12 noon Saturday 1 November in County Hall, Preston.
The left in Unite is in the process of merging with a launch meeting on 29 November in Birmingham.