THE ELECTION for the new leader of Unison, Britain’s biggest public sector union, begins on Tuesday of next week. Jon Rogers is the United Left candidate for Unison general secretary. The debate in the elections will centre on the union’s relationship with New Labour.
Tony Blair and Alan Milburn have made it clear that the government has no intention of easing up its attacks on the unions in a third term. We will need a fighting union to stop them.
The United Left held a meeting in central London last Saturday to discuss the government’s attack on pensions, workplace opposition to the war and building the vote for Jon Rogers. Unison activists need to be organising for a big turnout on the TUC day of action over pensions on 18 February and argue for strikes. They also need to be campaigning for Jon Rogers.
Campaigners need to get leaflets into every Unison meeting and workplace, such as schools, council offices, depots and hospitals, to get the message out.
John McLoughlin, chair, Tower Hamlets Unison (personal capacity)
For more information and leaflets go to www.uul.org.uk or phone 07958 564 726