Jerry Hicks, the rank and file candidate in the Unite union’s general secretary election, is urging people to pull out all the stops to get him the biggest possible vote.
The election will run from 25 October until 19 November. Jerry will take on frontrunner Len McCluskey, Gail Cartmail and right winger Les Bayliss.
All his opponents are full time officials.
The official figures on the numbers of branch and workplace nominations each candidates received had not been released as Socialist Worker went to press.
But it is believed that McCluskey is way out in front with around 700, while Jerry and Bayliss are on a similar number of over 100.
“Considering the way that the machines of Bayliss and McCluskey moved against us, the amount of nominations for my campaign is remarkable,” said Jerry.
“The number of votes I received in the Amicus general secretary election last year was disproportionate to the number of nominations.
“The right wing spectre of Kevin Coyne got far more nominations than me and I thrashed him in the ballot. A similar thing can happen here.”
Bayliss said this week that public sector strikes would only deprive vulnerable people of services they needed.
Jerry said, “Bayliss is playing into the hands of the government and the employers. He’s not speaking for Unite, but his own cowardice.
“His appointed position won’t be affected by any job losses or pension changes.”
The union will send out a mailshot to its members from all candidates on 11 October.
Jerry wants activists “to leaflet every workplace with Unite members—such as banks, call centres, hospitals, council depots, building sites—on or around that date.”
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