Mark New, a leader of the Dudley hospitals workers' strike and the candidate of the United Left, has been elected to the national executive committee (NEC) of public sector union Unison. Mark was elected by health workers in the union for a 'health' seat on the union's NEC.
He topped the poll of six candidates. He beat the second placed candidate, Eric Roberts, by 1,765 votes. Mark's election is a sign of the growing anger against New Labour's privatisation among health workers.
However, the turnout in the election was tiny-just 5.4 percent. This reflects the union leadership's failure to invigorate the union and lead a fight against privatisation. Union leaders have now called off the union's anti-privatisation campaign because of the war.
As the United Left candidate, Mark fought his campaign demanding a fighting union. He is offering to visit any Unison branch to talk about the fight against PFI, union funding of the Labour Party, and opposition to Blair's war against Afghanistan.
If you want Mark New to address your union branch or workplace meeting phone 07970 788 873.
Unison United Left founding conference, 11am to 4pm, Saturday 3 November, Manchester University, Oxford Road, Manchester. Open to all Unison members.