‘UNISON IS not delivering on its potential as a union. It has allowed the government to set the agenda.
One of the things that triggered me standing was the Unison delegation voting against the union’s policy on Iraq at the Labour conference.
The union must avoid quietening down in the run-up to a general election. Unions have to massively raise their game to get anything from Labour.
The union movement must show solidarity with the PCS civil service workers’ union strike. The unions have to defend public services against New Labour. We have to fight low pay by organising low paid workers to strike if necessary.
There is a big opportunity to defend pensions. This will need coordinated strike action between the unions in 2005.
There is no sense getting a socialist elected general secretary without building a rank and file movement to hold them to account.
I have to get nominations from 25 union branches by 10 December. The biggest boost to my campaign was when the London Region backed me. This shows the United Left is a serious alternative.’