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Rank and file spark Ian Bradley wants action not just words from Unite union

Issue No. 2366

Ian Bradley is standing for the London and Eastern seat on the Unite union’s new Executive Council. 

Ian is a leading rank and file activist in the construction industry. He played a leading role in the electricians’ dispute. 

Sparks mounted a mass campaign in 2011 against deskilling and a 35 percent pay cut that beat Britain’s biggest construction firms.

They used protests, occupations, official ballots and unofficial strikes.

Ian is standing on a platform arguing for that strategy to be implemented across the union.

Unite’s leadership has spoken out against blacklisting, cuts and austerity, and in support of civil disobedience and mass strikes.

But there is a gap between what they say and the action they have led.

They have paid millions into a Labour Party that resists every effort to be “reclaimed”.

Ian and his supporters have been speaking to workers across the region. 

Last week he visited Brixton bus garage, south London, and Hanson brick factory in Peterborough where workers struck against attacks on their holidays earlier this year.

“Going round meeting workers it’s clear they’re angry about cuts, and attacks on their terms and conditions,” Ian told Socialist Worker. 

“But they are frustrated too. They know there needs to be action, and the union isn’t giving any leadership.”

Voting runs until Monday 26 August.

Ian is happy to address branch meetings and reps’ committees. Contact him on [email protected] or 07513 333 845

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Tue 13 Aug 2013, 16:11 BST
Issue No. 2366
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