The results of Unison’s national executive council (NEC) elections were disappointing for the left.
Unison United Left and Socialist Party candidates took 12 out of 68 seats. In the last NEC elections two years ago, the left, standing as a single slate, took 14 of the seats.
The seven successful candidates from the United Left in this year’s elections were: Ann MacMillan-Wood, Jon Rogers, Diana Leach, Jessie Russel, Mike Tucker, Helen Jenner and John McDermott.
Health worker Yunus Bakhsh sadly failed to be re-elected to the NEC, despite winning 600 more votes than in 2003.
The election was hard fought, with candidates linked to general secretary Dave Prentis doing well. Prentis was recently re-elected as Unison general secretary after running a campaign in which he talked left over pensions and other issues.
His allies in the NEC elections also stressed the need for a fight over pensions and opposition to privatisation in their manifestos.