ACTIVISTS IN the MSF union have stepped up their campaign against the proposed merger with the AEEU union. MSF leader Roger Lyons and AEEU leader Ken Jackson are pushing for a joint union. Lyons has even banned the London region of MSF from producing a leaflet against the merger. MSF members will be the first to vote over the planned merger at their annual conference in May.
Many MSF members argue that the merger would mean the right wing traditions of the AEEU leaders would dominate the combined union. The AEEU leadership recently refused to ballot its members over Labour's candidate for London mayor.
The union would be divided into different sectors which would only be allowed to discuss narrowly defined industrial issues. They would not be allowed to discuss national policy issues. Some individual MSF union members have now produced their own leaflet against the merger.