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Mood for change boosts John Burgess campaign for Unison general secretary

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2470

The election for general secretary of the Unison union is underway. And the campaign of John Burgess, a left wing challenger to the current leadership, has got off to a flying start.

John is branch secretary of Barnet Unison in north London.

He has already received almost half of the 25 branch nominations he needs to be on the ballot. 

And more are expected to come in this week.

Activists have until 9 October to hold a quorate union branch meeting and win backing for John’s campaign.

At a meeting of the union’s national executive last week current general secretary Dave Prentis won over half of the votes cast in a nomination vote. 

The fact that current national officer Heather Wakefield received no votes underlined the widespread mood in the union to see a lay member elected general secretary.

Regional organising meetings for John’s campaign are in place. 

Activists in the West Midlands were set to hold one in Birmingham on Thursday of this week.

And there is an urgent need for individual donations to support John’s campaign.

Go to John’s campaign blog at

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