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Elections begin in Unite union - vote United Left

Issue No. 2245

More than one million workers have the chance to vote in elections for the national executive of Unite, Britain’s biggest union.

The ballot began last week and ends on 15 April.

The vote follows the election of left winger Len McCluskey as the union’s new general secretary last year.

Socialist Worker supporters are standing as part of the United Left group.

“Unite is the biggest union and can have a significant impact,” said Sara Bennett, who is standing in the graphical, paper and media sector.

“We need to get good activists elected onto the executive to push this forward.

“The key issues we face—job cuts, pension attacks, holding pay down—face us across the private and public sector and we need unity.”

“We need to ensure a strong lay member-led executive,” added Martin Mayer, the chair of United Left who is standing for election in the passenger services section.

“A United Left majority on the executive will need to work with and challenge Len McCluskey to ensure that we fight back for members.

“We need to be an organising and political union that challenges Labour more openly and constructively.”

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Tue 29 Mar 2011, 18:01 BST
Issue No. 2245
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