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Join Jerry Hicks's fight for Unite

Issue No. 2217

The nomination period for the election for the general secretary of Unite, Britain’s biggest union, ended this week.

Rank and file candidate Jerry Hicks has around double the 50 nominations needed to get on the ballot paper.

The election will take place in October and November. It will see Jerry take on right winger Les Bayliss, as well as Gail Cartmail and Len McCluskey. All are full-time officers.

While McCluskey is on the left, he has followed the present leadership’s strategy that has failed to stand up to the bosses’ onslaught.

Jerry is urging people to join his battle to change the union, making it one that can lead the fight against the Tories’ attacks.

The more people get involved in the coming weeks, the bigger the vote for a fighting, democratic union will be.

“We need to keep up the same level of campaigning in the next few weeks,” Jerry told Socialist Worker. “I will be touring the country to meet Unite members and speak at meetings.

“If people all over the country do whatever they can, wherever they can, we can win this.

There are Unite members everywhere, so people could drop leaflets into the local bus depot, the hospital, banks, universities, councils, factories and many other workplaces.

“This is a bottom up campaign, involving people from many of the different fights I have supported over the years.

“We have 11 weeks to affect the result. If people want to resist the cuts and start the fightback they should get involved in this campaign.

“Unite has huge potential, and the election sees a rank and file candidate against free full-time officials.

It’s not enough to watch—people should get involved to win change.”

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Tue 31 Aug 2010, 16:50 BST
Issue No. 2217
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