The election for general secretary of Britain’s biggest union begins next Monday when Unite sends out ballot papers to its 1.5 million members.
The result will have a profound impact on resistance to the Tories’ attacks on the working class.
Socialist Worker is urging the biggest possible vote for rank and file candidate Jerry Hicks. He is standing against three full-time officials—Gail Cartmail, right winger Les Bayliss, and another left wing candidate Len McCluskey.
“Our activists have been ratcheting it up even more in the last few weeks,” Jerry told Socialist Worker.
“Supporters are now leafleting workplaces such as hospitals, council depots, printers, bus depots and many others.
“I have been awash with emails since the union sent out election statements to everyone in Unite last week. The vast majority of them are people contacting me for the first time and asking for leaflets to give to workmates.
“I sent out 2,500 leaflets in the post on Monday.
“Every vote is going to count in this election. I believe it is a two horse race and I’m breathing down Len McCluskey’s neck. The next few weeks will determine who is the next general secretary of Unite.”