Ballot papers for the CWU union general secretary election were mailed out to members this week.
Billy Hayes is standing for re-election against current deputy general secretary Dave Ward. Socialist Worker is supporting Billy Hayes.
Neither candidate has offered a fighting leadership.
Many CWU members will be attracted by Ward’s claims to stand up for workers and not act as a “liaison officer for the Labour Party”.
This is welcome talk from a potential union leader.
But like Hayes, Ward has overseen attacks on CWU members’ pay and conditions.
As the deputy general secretary for post, he is responsible for the privatisation sellout in 2013.
CWU leaders threw away a strong strike vote for a deal that saw the selloff of Royal Mail go ahead.
Hayes is also responsible for the sellout. But he has shown commitment to supporting political initiatives such as the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War and Unite Against Fascism.
It is important for trade unions to give a lead on broader political issues.
And support at the top makes organising politically in local branches and workplaces easier.
Whoever wins, activists will have to build resistance to attacks on wages and conditions from the ground up. The ballot ends 14 April.
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